Note: perhaps they overestimate their capability, and underestimate
Online hackers threaten to expose cartel's secrets
Group called Anonymous demands release of one of their own who was
By DANE SCHILLER, HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Updated 11:41 p.m., Friday, October 28, 2011
Editor's note: Video contains language that may be offensive to some
Transcript of Anonymous video
"Anonymous from Veracruz, Mexico, and the world, we want you to know
that a member has been kidnapped when he was doing Paperstorm in our
We demand his release. We want the army and the navy to know that we
are fed up of the criminal group Zetas, who have concentrated on
kidnapping, stealing and blackmailing in different ways. One of them
is charging every honest and hardworking citizen of Veracruz who
busts their rears working day after day to feed their families.
We are fed up of journalists and newspapers of Xalapa, Córdoba and
Orizaba because they are constantly crapping on honest authorities
like the army and the navy.
We are fed up with taxi drivers, commanders and "police-zetas"
officers of Xalapa, Córdoba, Orizaba, Nogales, Río Blanco and
Camerinos... who are chickens and have made themselves the most loyal
servants of these (expletive).
For the time being, we won´t post photos or the names ... of the taxi
drivers, the journalists or the newspapers nor of the police
officers, but if needed, we will publish them including their
addresses, to see if by doing so the government will arrest them.
We can´t defend ourselves with a weapon, but if we can do this with
their cars, houses, bars, brothels and everything else in their
possession ... It won´t be difficult. We all know who they are and
where they are.
(Images with sound of explosions)
You made a huge mistake by taking one of us. Release him. And if
anything happens to him, you (expletive) will always remember this
upcoming November 5th .
Knowledge is free. We are Anonymous. We are a legion. We don't
forgive. We don't forget. You wait and see."
An international group of online hackers is warning a Mexican drug
cartel to release one of its members, kidnapped from a street
protest, or it will publish the identities and addresses of the
syndicate's associates, from corrupt police to taxi drivers, as well
as reveal the syndicates' businesses.
The vow is a bizarre cyber twist to Mexico's ongoing drug war, as a
group that has no guns is squaring off against the Zetas, a cartel
blamed for thousands of deaths as well as introducing beheadings and
other frightening brutality.
"You made a huge mistake by taking one of us. Release him," says a
masked man in a video posted online on behalf of the group, Anonymous.
"We cannot defend ourselves with a weapon … but we can do this with
their cars, homes, bars, brothels and everything else in their
possession," says the man, who is wearing a suit and tie.
"It won't be difficult; we all know who they are and where they are
located," says the man, who underlines the group's international ties
by speaking Spanish with the accent of a Spaniard while using Mexican
He also implies that the group will expose mainstream journalists who
are somehow in cahoots with the Zetas by writing negative articles
about the military, the country's biggest fist in the drug war.
"We demand his release," says the Anonymous spokesman, who is wearing
a mask like the one worn by the shadowy revolutionary character in
the movie V for Vendetta, which came out in 2006. "If anything
happens to him, you sons of (expletive) will always remember this
upcoming November 5."
The person reportedly kidnapped is not named, and the video does not
share information about the kidnapping other than that it occurred in
the Mexican state of Veracruz during a street protest.
Anonymous draws its roots from an online forum dedicated to bringing
sensitive government documents and other material to light.
If Anonymous can make good on its threats to publish names, it will
"most certainly" lead to more deaths and could leave bloggers and
others open to reprisal attacks by the cartel, contends Stratfor, an
Austin-based global intelligence company.
"In this viral world on the Internet, it shows how much damage could
be done with just one statement on the Web," said Fred Burton of
Stratfor, which published a report Friday that probes the
implications of the cartel drawing the activists' ire.
Mike Vigil, the retired head of international operations for the Drug
Enforcement Administration, said the Zetas must take Anonymous
"It is a gutsy move," Vigil said. "By publishing the names, they
identify them to rivals, and trust me, they will go after them."