Hackers Send Threat To Mexican Cartel – An Internet video by hackers has sent an intentional threat to a Mexican cartel. They want a kidnapped member released or they are going to expose its allies in the local police and news media.
The group, only known as “Anonymous,” said it knows of police officers, journalists, taxi drivers and others working with Mexico’s Zetas and are willing to send complete details of the operation.
The YouTube message, which claims to be from Anonymous “Veracruz, Mexico and the world,” says it is “tired of the criminal group the Zetas, which is dedicated to kidnapping, stealing and extortion,” and intends to fight back with information instead of weapons.
The video refers to an unidentified person kidnapped in the coastal city of Veracruz, and says: “You have made a great mistake by taking one of us. Free him.” The group will act Friday if the kidnapped activist is not freed or is harmed, according to the message.
“We cannot defend ourselves with weapons, but we can with their cars, houses, bars,” the group said, apparently alluding to properties owned by cartel supporters. “It’s not difficult. We know who they are and where they are.”
“Information is free,” it says. “We do not forgive. We do not forget,” The hackers stated in their threat video.
Veracruz, an oil state on the Gulf of Mexico with a major port of the same name, has seen a spike in Mexican drug violence in recent months in what authorities say is a battle between the Zetas cartel, which has controlled the territory for at least a year, and its rivals. Dozens of bodies have been showing up in recent weeks, including the dumping of 35 last month on a main highway in rush-hour traffic in the city of Boca del Rio.