Anonymous won't be fighting Mexican drug cartels

After Anonymous threatened vengeance upon the Los Zetas cartel in Mexico over the kidnapping of a member, it was hard to know whether Anonymous would go through with it. Now, the verdict is in: they won't, as Idealab reports.

After claiming they'd be striking on November 5th, the hacktivist collective canceled their operation with only four days until their big day. Having already threatened to hit the New York Stock Exchange and Facebook on the same date, it seemed unlikely they could strike against all three. Claiming they'd strike against a cartel renowned for its violence and criminal abilities (the U.S. Justice Department rank them as the second most powerful cartel in Mexico) was perhaps the least expected action for Anonymous. Why did they choose to cancel their operation? Simple: the Z's called in their own computer experts. Security firm Stratfor released the following statement today:

We have seen reports that Los Zetas are deploying their own teams of computer experts to track those individuals involved in the online anti-cartel campaign, which indicates that the criminal group is taking the campaign very seriously. Those individuals involved face the risk of abduction, injury and death — judging by how Los Zetas has dealt with threats in the past.

Two participants in Operation Cartel, identifying themselves as Skill3r and Glynis Paroubek were transcribed and translated as saying the following to the Milenio newspaper:

“We didn’t want irresponsible administrators to condemn participants [in the Operation] to death. We’ve discussed it extensively and and we all decided to remove it.”

Stratfor previously predicted dire consequences for Anonymous if they went ahead with the strike against Los Zetas. Stratfor predicted a loss of life, should Anonymous go ahead with their intended reveal of journalists, taxi drivers, and corrupt police officers in league with the cartel. If they were also to release the information, these people would be targeted by other cartels seeking to damage the Z's influence.

@AnonymouSabu, the Twitter account of Anonymous hacker Sabu, posted the following conflicting information:

“#OpCartel is more alive than ever and as I told others in private, the war against corruption is on both sides of the spectrum. We are going to WAR!"

The fact they intended to go through with the operation and then canceled for the sake of their members' safety suggests that they have more regard for human life than their enemy, so they are at a disadvantage in that sense. The skill of the Z's hackers is also something to call into question: they could be associated with Anonymous, and have been swayed by the promise of money or other rewards for helping strike against the supposedly leaderless organization. Click here to view the original article on the Anonymous threat against Los Zetas cartel.

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The reason Anon are mocked is because Anon enjoy ruining peoples lives by dropping dox on them, but when faced with a real threat anon show themselves to be who they really are, scurred little ******* that can only attack the weak.

I agree though, they were insane to start a fight with cartels. I suspect it was really a few mexican anons trying to recruit anon in their personal army, it backfired as anon are scared, as they should be, they shouldn't get involved in this.

So most of you are saying these guys are p****ies for backing off "like always". They value human life enough to not go through with their operation. So please tell us, all of you who are bashing on them, would you fight one of the biggest Mexican cartels when you know they could and would kill anyone they felt was in their way?? No you wouldn't. So stop feeding your own ego, and let them be, if you must be reminded, they got the Occupy movement out there and now look at it.

It's funny. A few todays ago most of the comments were like "Oh Go ANON" bla bla, now that they realise the kind of threat they are dealing with, they decide to pull of (or say so) for their members security sake. And today, its a shame to see all this comments calling them cowards. Looks like you guys are bored and want to see some action eh ? lol

Navan - anonymous are stupid because I wouldnt even make a threat to a group of ppl that would come and kill me in the first place. Have half a brain mate.

psionicinversion said,
Navan - anonymous are stupid because I wouldnt even make a threat to a group of ppl that would come and kill me in the first place. Have half a brain mate.

Well, at least some one stood up. You wouldn't say the same, if an average citizen stood up to the govt. and then after a few days went back home? I'm not anti-anon or a supporter, but jeez, don't blame them this time lol.

All you idiots making fun of anon, if you came to know that committing a certain action would result in death you wouldn't do it too.

Navan said,
All you idiots making fun of anon, if you came to know that committing a certain action would result in death you wouldn't do it too.

Like everyone else says they are just bunch of talk and Anon are bunch of jokes and think they are going to take takedown everyone.

Navan said,
All you idiots making fun of anon, if you came to know that committing a certain action would result in death you wouldn't do it too.

This is where you are wrong, thousands of people put their lives on the line everyday to do what they consider right. I proudly served in the military for over ten years and death was always a legitimate consequence. If they truly believe in their cause they will stand up and fight. They have instead chosen to back down and cower in fear.

jr.flynn said,

This is where you are wrong, thousands of people put their lives on the line everyday to do what they consider right. I proudly served in the military for over ten years and death was always a legitimate consequence. If they truly believe in their cause they will stand up and fight. They have instead chosen to back down and cower in fear.


There is a whole lot of difference between someone in the military and an average citizen. cower in fear? Zetas have ammunition, Anon has keyboards. Fair?

TsMkLg068426 said,
ANON = BUNCH OF ******* and it has just been proven.
With such anger, it is only been proven in your head.

naww you mean to say that Anon won't be sending pizza's to the Z's ?

fuuuarrkkk, what will Z's do for munchies now?


u dun goofed guise. but it's ok,, the Z's don't eat pizza anyway, pizza's are a Mediterranean thing, Mexicans eat burritos and sheeett ya dumb ass's lol

Stratfor previously predicted dire consequences for Anonymous if they went ahead with the strike against Los Zetas. Stratfor predicted a loss of life, should Anonymous go ahead with their intended reveal of journalists, taxi drivers, and corrupt police officers in league with the cartel. If they were also to release the information, these people would be targeted by other cartels seeking to damage the Z's influence.

Sad but true. Releasing the information would probably bring about even greater instability in Mexico. They already have it bad enough. Then again, maybe a shake down is good as it may help keep more people on the inside (especially the corrupt police) honest. Inject the fear of being exposed into people.

I have no doubt that a lot of folks in Anonymous are shaken now that they have had time to get to know who they are targeting. Its one thing to attack a government or a corporation...you may go to jail for some time but they aren't going to come and hack your head off. This is something entirely different.

Real life consequences suck, eh Anonymouse? Next time, go ask an adult for advice before making bold statements about grown-up actions.

ixne_hombre said,
Real life consequences suck, eh Anonymouse? Next time, go ask an adult for advice before making bold statements about grown-up actions.

+1 dood, great comment....Anonymous's actions have not made one bit of difference in society nor have they changed anything with their overzealous and elaborate plans; posting videos on Youtube, wearing stupid masks and putting out messages etc.

Anonymous are an insult to real information security enthusiasts (hacker) such as Kevin Mitnick. I use the term "hacker" lightly, but he was and is a legend....I don't have to go into what he did and where he has ended up (if you don't know you should look it up) but Anonymous is nothing but a group of people who are trying to feed their ego with nothing more than simple malicious attacks and gaining nothing...

It's no surprise, just like ixne_homebre said, that they turned around and decided not to do this because all of sudden they are facing people that will retaliate....not just try to find them and arrest them, but in the end, murder them

Damn it, WHY!?! No mercy (in any form) for the Zetas. They've destroyed the lives of Mexicans, I want my normal life back.

freedonX said,
Damn it, WHY!?! No mercy (in any form) for the Zetas. They've destroyed the lives of Mexicans, I want my normal life back.

What did you think Anontmous would do to get your normal life back? They said they have a list of names that is. It could be a list that authorities already have maybe thats where they got the info. I dont see what the list would do but mark the lower people on the totem pole.

Doli said,

What did you think Anontmous would do to get your normal life back? They said they have a list of names that is. It could be a list that authorities already have maybe thats where they got the info. I dont see what the list would do but mark the lower people on the totem pole.

I'm not a hacker, so my imagination is limited, but because the authority is really only playing cat and mouse, would had expected Anon do expose information internationally or maybe even hit their bank accounts. I'd be happy with them to expose political figures in internal news, national hasn't helped at all. It has happened and there have been no consequences to them.

Once again, Anonymous proves that it's nothing but hot air when face against real retaliation. "War against corruption" my ass.

Damn...I just want to know if that Anonymous member has been released from the Zetas yet. No word on him so far, and we all know what the Zetas do to their captives... O_O