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Hacker Group Anonymous Takes on Mexican Drug Cartels

Anonymous is quite unhappy that one of their own was kidnapped in Veracruz and has issues a video threat in response:

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.

So can Anonymous do this? Do the cartels even have the IT infrastructure to attack? Or does Anonymous even have to target the cartels directly?

I think this is 100% achievable for Anonymous. This intelligence could potentially be pulled from countless vulnerable law enforcement networks in Mexico, Texas, and other parts of the world. It is also possbile that elements of Anonymous already have some of this information since they’ve been raiding U.S. law enforcement systems quite regularly this year. If this is a serious threat you can expect follow-through. You can also also expect carnage.

If Anonymous can expose parts of the cartel network deaths will result. People will be killed, kidnapped, and tortured in ways you can’t imagine. Those killed might be evil cartel members deserving of whatever comes their way. However, they might also be innocents caught in the crossfire. The cartels also co-opt countless innocent people who only cooperate in the face of certain death. Do they need to be exposed, and almost certainly murdered as a result, as well?

What appears, at first glance, to be a delicious bit of vigilante justice is a nightmare in the making. Anonymous would be wise to think through the implications of their actions before they release their data.

Recommened on Twitter: @AnonOps. Frequent updates on Anonymous activities.