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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Anonymous To Zap Zetas

As previously reported in the story “Blogging Can kill You” a couple was killed and hung from a bridge in Mexico, the female was disemboweled. These deplorable killings were acts of revenge by the Los Zeta drug cartel for the online reporting the couple did. The dead bodies were meant to be a warning to online activists opposing the cartels activities. Despite the gruesome display of dead bodies (meant as a deterrent) to the bloggers and tweeters, online reporting continues. Now the tables have turned and the online hacking group Anonymous has threatened the Zetas publicly. In a video posted on YouTube October 6th the hacking group threatened to out associates collaborating with the cartel. The exposure of these people would surely set back the Zetas activity for 10 maybe 15 minuets until the outed collaborators are killed by rival cartels or arrested by the police. If the Group Anonymous really wanted to hit the Zetas where it hurts then they would find the cartels money and money launders. Lets face it, the cartels are in the drug business to make money, and they need money (American dollars specifically) to keep the operation running.

The purpose of the video was to voice their demands in hopes of retrieving a kidnapped Anonymous member that was working one of the groups stunts they called Operation Paperstorm. The hackers believe that the Los Zetas snatched one of there colleagues in Vercruz during the leaflet demonstration. The mysterious masked man in the video threatened to release revealing information about journalists, police, politicians and taxi drivers colluding with the cartels.in an attempt to blackmail the Zetas into releasing the Anonymous colleague. 

The M. O. Anonymous takes on is not one of crime fighting but of the outing of crime fighters. Recently some of the online mischief they have been involved with entails acquiring personal and sensitive information about police organizations. On Oct. 21, Anonymous hackers stole sensitive information including Social Security numbers from a series of police-affiliated targets including the International Association of Chiefs of Police website and the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association email portal and revealed more than 1,000 user names and passwords of Boston police officers.The cops are not the only targets, you can put the Pentagon, News Corp and the Syrian Government all on the list. The newest victim is Facebook, according to a open letter dated November 5th 2011 in which the group claims to be able to destroy the networking site. The letters opening paragraph is as follows.
Headless Mexicans 

“We wish to get your attention, hoping you heed the warnings as follows:
Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed. If you are a willing hacktivist or a guy who just wants to protect the freedom of information then join the cause and kill facebook for the sake of your own privacy”.

The self proclaimed “hacktivists” hit a child sex abuse ring in a project they dubbed  "Operation DarkNet" The hacker group shut down the kiddy porn website known as Lolita City and reportedly posted more than 1,500 user names and activities of the websites users.. 

Although the cartels’ activities are focused on the streets of the cities they control, even cartels use the Internet for communication and some business transactions. The business of the cartels is their soft underbelly and just might be the true target of the hackers. Interdicting financial transactions or diverting them my be the true target. So if the Zetas are going to hold an Anonymous member hostage then Anonymous may just hold the Zetas money hostage and extract payment at the same time. Time will only tell and we will be monitoring the situation.

The hackers have already issued a warning in regards to their associates in Mexico.The message urged inexperienced activists, who might not be practicing proper online security measures, to abstain from participating. It also urged individuals associated with Anonymous in Mexico not to conduct physical pamphlet drops, participate in protests, wear or purchase Guy Fawkes masks, or use Guy Fawkes imagery in their Internet or physical-world activities. Guy Fawkes was a British Roman Catholic conspirator involved in a plot to bomb the British Parliament on Nov. 5, 1605. The British celebrate the plot’s failure as Guy Fawkes Day each Nov. 5. In modern times, the day has come to have special meaning for anarchists. Since 2006, the style of the Guy Fawkes mask used in the movie “V for Vendetta” has become something of an anarchist icon in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

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