Anonymous takes on the Mexican drug cartels

Anonymous has previously been responsible for attacks against numerous corporations and individuals across the world. Now, the collective group of 'hacktivists' have announced that they will be turning their sights upon a Mexican drug cartel, reports CNET.

In perhaps the most bizarre threat made by Anonymous for some time, the group has threatened vengeance upon a Mexican cartel for the alleged kidnapping of one of their activists. They have demanded the release of the activist, stating that the cartel will "remember this upcoming November 5th" if their demands are not met. Whether Anonymous can really make an impact against a morally corrupt criminal fraternity is questionable at best, but it will be interesting to see the depth of their attacks nonetheless.

The cartel that has been targeted by Anonymous is identified by the U.S. Justice Department as the Zetas Cartel, who they have reported to be among the most technologically advanced and violent criminal organizations within Mexico. The choice of date is undoubtedly deliberate, fitting with the Guy Fawkes masks that have grown to become a symbol of the Anonymous movement, after their usage in the film V for Vendetta. Anonymous uploaded a Spanish YouTube video earlier this month, which has been transcribed and translated:

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.

"We demand his release. We want the Army and the Navy to know that we are fed up with the criminal group Zetas, who have concentrated on kidnapping, stealing and blackmailing in different ways."

The speaker in the video appears wearing a suit and Guy Fawkes mask. The group then threatens to expose those who are allied with the Zetas; a list containing journalists, taxi drivers, and police members. The video claims that the member Anonymous are striking out in support of was captured during "Paperstorm", which was an 'operation' spearheaded by Anonymous. The concept is that leaflets and other paper-based media are left in public spaces in the hope people will see them.

To highlight the threat posted by the cartel it is important to understand what they have been responsible for. The Zetas (also known as the Los Zetas Cartel and simply as the Z's), have been responsible for assassinations, drug trafficking, extortion, and even terrorist attacks. Having been founded by ex-members of the Mexican Army's special forces in 1999, the fact the cartel has existed for so long is testament to its abilities as a threat. For reference, the group has been marked as responsible for at least three attacks during 2011. More can be read about each attack from the below Wikipedia links:

It is a highly dangerous move for Anonymous to threaten an organization responsible for so much bloodshed in their own nation. It can be presumed that there are members of Anonymous within Mexico, so it would be extremely dangerous for these members to partake in the revenge actions, if the Justice Department is correct in its analysis of the Z's. At the same time it would be highly interesting if it was discovered that Anonymous were able to best a criminal organization, as remote as the possibility may be.

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The only thing this Anon morons will achieve is more bloodshed of innocent people in Mexico while they stay cool and comfy behind their computer screens. You don't mess with drug cartels unless you have a lot of men and plenty of fire power.

Oh, now THAT'S rich. One morally corrupt criminal fraternity threatening another morally corrupt criminal fraternity.

Id really like to see how this continues.. 'cause I doubt it, its nowhere near the end. I don't see a high grade drug cartel giving up just like that.

MidnightDevil said,
Id really like to see how this continues.. 'cause I doubt it, its nowhere near the end. I don't see a high grade drug cartel giving up just like that.

In fact, nobody believes this could 'end' ... we just want it to go back 'under control' like it was more that 5 years ago.

IMO drug cartels can continue working as they see fit... my kids getting into drugs is my responsabilty not government's, so I don't care if there are drugs on the streets... there's no place in the world without illegal drugs being sold on the streets.

All we want is the kidnappings and extortions to cease.

PD. The Zetas are "almost" erradicated, all the other cartels are against them... they are the ones that began all this **** in the first place.

"The video does not identify the missing member of its group, but says he was kidnapped while he was "doing Paperstorm," which is a reference to posting flyers and other printed messages in public spaces"

It's dangerous doing Anon business in drug cartel territory. Google blog del narco and see what the cartels get up to for fun in their spare time.

Anon will have NO impact on the cartels. Anon's power is the power to order pizza's or put flyers in public exposing you and embarress you. The cartels don't give a flying fuk about being embarresessed in public.

The missing Anon member will more than likely end up on a death video getting his head cut off with a chainsaw.

Ok, I understand that many if not all of you are completely unaware of the situation down here. I live in Monterrey, Mexico. The most violent and insecure place on earth... The cartel named as "Z" or "Zetas" is the one that got all things blown to pieces... but I don't intend to explain how things work here, I just want to point what can Anonymous do to a group of criminals like them :

-Expose all the damn politicians involded in their payroll
-Wipe out their bank accounts
-Reveal all the listings of numbers used for extortion, and therefore pinpoint their locations
-Names, names and more names, so our army can wipe them out for good.

While many think that drug cartels are a bunch of chimps with guns, well, that's true for the infantry, but the brains behind are very rich and smart people who can be heavily affected by Anon.

I would LOVE to see Anonymous going after Telmex and Telcel also, a couple of criminal-with-license-companies.

ReznorX said,
Ok, I understand that many if not all of you are completely unaware of the situation down here. I live in Monterrey, Mexico. The most violent and insecure place on earth... The cartel named as "Z" or "Zetas" is the one that got all things blown to pieces... but I don't intend to explain how things work here, I just want to point what can Anonymous do to a group of criminals like them :

-Expose all the damn politicians involded in their payroll
-Wipe out their bank accounts
-Reveal all the listings of numbers used for extortion, and therefore pinpoint their locations
-Names, names and more names, so our army can wipe them out for good.

While many think that drug cartels are a bunch of chimps with guns, well, that's true for the infantry, but the brains behind are very rich and smart people who can be heavily affected by Anon.

I would LOVE to see Anonymous going after Telmex and Telcel also, a couple of criminal-with-license-companies.

Well hello!

I also live in Monterrey!

To everyone else, you wouldn't really understand what has happened in Monterrey, imagine what happens in action movies, but in real life, except there are no good cops or good politicians to defend us.

It's not only the drug cartel wars, where you can get in crossfire shootout in one of the highways, but it's what the new crime waves has created. Just as you expect from 14 year old who go around with armed guns doing robbery, but it's getting out of control. Getting robbed in your local starbucks/7 eleven isn't out of the ordinary anymore.

I want my normal life back god damn Zetas!

Anonymous if your threats are real, then I'm with you!

spUrr said,
Why would the cartel kidnap one of their members anyway?
Probably did it without realizing. But if they identify the kid as one of them, and then attack, one of them will probably get his severed head via DHL.

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
Probably did it without realizing. But if they identify the kid as one of them, and then attack, one of them will probably get his severed head via DHL.

Geez... DHL really do deliver anything these days...

Ok, I understand that many if not all of you are completely unaware of the situation down here. I live in Monterrey, Mexico. The most violent and insecure place on earth

I've lived in Veracruz and Poza Rica in Mexico. I'd definitely not get involved with anything related to this cartels. Trust me, they don't care about anything, not even themselves, they'll go out and probably make you have one of the worst possible deaths. Just. Like those movies like saw.

Hollywood get ready, you've already had some great opportunities to base a film off, none of them you took, maybe this time?

Now this should be interesting, its funny because we have no idea which one is more powerfull right now. Drug cartels sure brings the word "power" to mind, specially with everyone envolved within and can't come to public. Now I wonder what Anon has in mind to play against it. My thinking is, even if they release whoever they have it, it wont end here. I don't see a drug cartel being blackmailed and going down peacefully. They better know what they are doing.

Anon activist? While Anon fight for political issues they also do the same **** ups like say them stopping kiddie porn sites while they run a kiddie porn site of their own known as anonib.com. So tell me what are Anon really preaching about when going up against drug cartels? Truly what makes them think this will stop the cartels from finding the idiot script kiddie? Yeah I will not feel sorry if the cartels found all anon and send them back in pieces because truly they lately are just trolling and fighting for dumb ****. I can also bet most of this Anon script kiddies are just 16 years old starting BS like this.

Can you say not a good idea. The "Z" are holding one of there member who is about to die (if not already) for whatever stupid actions Amon's carry out against the cartel.

So I guess if one dies for the many then everything is cool. . .

They will get their activist back, question is in how many pieces? This threat truly shows how ignorant and disconnected of reality these kiddies are.

Brian Miller said,
Why don't they do something against companies like Apple who intentionally cripple the consumer?
afraid of being sued?

Brian Miller said,
Why don't they do something against companies like Apple who intentionally cripple the consumer?

Is it Apple who is doing that or is it the customer who believes buying an Apple would be the smartest thing? This was the same problem with Microsoft in the 90s so I really do not get your point.

Brian Miller said,
Why don't they do something against companies like Apple who intentionally cripple the consumer?
apple hasn't crippled me. i can still walk, run, talk, flail my arms, etc

timster said,

.. and it's Apples fault for people who commit suicide now?

When they continue to do business with Foxconn, subsidize their leaders, allow them to punish their employees for things (such as that example of the lost iPhone prototype), and turn a blind eye to it all....

...yeah, I'd think any company would be responsible for something like that.

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
Bears repeating. Trying to do what you see on a movie screen is a recipe for disaster.

Yep, lol. You know some people want to make movie come to life I guess 3D is not enough.

timster said,
apple hasn't crippled me. i can still walk, run, talk, flail my arms, etc
The most enslaved person is the person who thinks he is free.

Beaux said,
The most enslaved person is the person who thinks he is free.

Just because a sentence has a nice ring doesn't mean it's more true.

Beaux said,
The most enslaved person is the person who thinks he is free.
What are you smoking? BTW, meant to click reply NOT like!

x-byte said,
Bullets runs out. Information gets stronger the more you have.

As valuable as information is, bullets kill. But I agree, both forms are quite deadly. What will take place on November 5th, that is the question.

DaMiEn said,

As valuable as information is, bullets kill. But I agree, both forms are quite deadly. What will take place on November 5th, that is the question.

According to the USA information kills.. see wikileaks vs usa govt

DaMiEn said,

As valuable as information is, bullets kill. But I agree, both forms are quite deadly. What will take place on November 5th, that is the question.

Well, I understand that the simple disclosure of the cartel alies in police, news and politics, will mean that these will either: be enjailed or killed by rival factions.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Wow is Anon really that stupid? This might be the one and only time I'd root for the Cartels.

Urm why?

Anonymous is playing with fire. Going after corporations is one thing, but going after drug dealers...uuufff....Not a good idea.

Scorbing said,
Anonymous is playing with fire. Going after corporations is one thing, but going after drug dealers...uuufff....Not a good idea.
Unless you are a rival cartel, gang, terminator or punisher it is not worth it.

my ePenis is bigger than theirs.

remember remember the 5th of November.

stop saying it kids and do something -_-

so far on the 5th of Nov list we have:

facebook
nyse
mexican drug cartel

but last time i checked. you cant sell drugs online so why does this even matter.

ShareShiz said,
but last time i checked. you cant sell drugs online so why does this even matter.

You're obviously going on the wrong sites

If the Mexicans base their whole power around the internet and anonymity achieved via technology then this don't look good for them.. if however they are real people then anonymous are done for.. if only there was a way to know lol.

So more people will suffer in Mexico while Anonymous makes more threats behind their computers. How do they even know the cartel has him or he is still alive?
I know they wont be doing a protest in person in that area

Doli said,
So more people will suffer in Mexico while Anonymous makes more threats behind their computers. How do they even know the cartel has him or he is still alive?
I know they wont be doing a protest in person in that area

Does it even matter if the person was kidnapped or not? having anonymous go after the cartel is brillian.. especially if they can hack their phones, find connections and create lists of inoformation that governments are too afraid to act upon because they're really part of the problem in the end.

More power to anon i say..

I don't see how a hacking group can hurt a Mexican drug cartel. I think these guys are asking for a lot of trouble. Drug dealers is something you do not want to mess with. They will find them and kill them.

Scorbing said,
I don't see how a hacking group can hurt a Mexican drug cartel. I think these guys are asking for a lot of trouble. Drug dealers is something you do not want to mess with. They will find them and kill them.

If they were able to breach any databases they have with employment information, such as crooked police or journalists, as the article stated, they could do damage.

Scorbing said,
I don't see how a hacking group can hurt a Mexican drug cartel. I think these guys are asking for a lot of trouble. Drug dealers is something you do not want to mess with. They will find them and kill them.

This case is seriously unique in that these cartels leave no one alive, I can't expect them to take anon seriously unless they expose further evidence on how the U.S government has been financially, militarily assisting these groups and actually have citizens from both the U.S and Mexico fight off the cartels themselves.