Anonymous Cancels Operation Cartel as Los Zetas Track Hacktivists
So much for the Zetas not having the technology to track the makers of a bunch of YouTube videos.
Members of the hacktivist collective Anonymous who threatened to post identifying information online about the civilian associates of Los Zetas, one of Mexico’s most powerful and violent drug cartels, have backed down just days before the November 5 target date for their operation.
The sudden withdrawal comes by way of a report in Mexican newspaper Milenio, published online Sunday night, which features comments from two self-identified Anonymous Operation Cartel participants, Skill3r and Glyniss Paroubek.
‘We didn’t want irresponsible administrators to condemn participants [in the Operation] to death,’ the two Anonymous spokespeople are quoted as saying (translated). ‘We’ve discussed it extensively and and we all decided to remove it.’
The pullback comes not a moment too soon. Los Zetas has reportedly begun hunting down the hackers. As global intelligence firm Stratfor reported on Tuesday:
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.