Anonymous has threatened Mexican drug cartel with retaliation after it kidnaps a member of the group
Hacktivist group Anonymous continues its policy of confrontation after it threatened to expose the identities and allies of Mexico’s Los Zetas drug cartel.
The threat came in a video posted online in both English and Spanish.
In the video, a masked man threatened the drug cartel with exposure after it said that one of its Anonymous members, had been kidnapped during a “paper storm” event in the coastal city of Veracruz in Mexico. The paper storm event could be in reference to a poster campaign by supporters of Wikileaks and Julian Assange.
Drug Cartel Threat
The masked man said that Anonymous is “fed up with the criminal group the Zetas, which has concentrated on kidnapping, stealing and blackmailing in different ways.”
The message also said Anonymous knows of police officers, journalists, taxi drivers and others working with the Zetas, and threatened to publish their identities (photos, names and addresses) to see if the government will “arrest them”.
Anonymous admitted that the group cannot “defend ourselves with a weapon, but if we can do this with their cars, houses, bars, brothels and everything else in their possession it will not be difficult, we all know who they are and where they are,” the masked man warned.
“You have made a huge mistake by taking one of us. Release him,” the video concluded. “If anything happens to him you will always remember this upcoming 5 November.”
Certain parts of Mexico are dealing with the affects of the drug trade, which is claiming lives on the both soldiers and police officers, as well as the gang members and of course innocent civilians.
True Or False?
Of course it is difficult to verify the authenticity of the video, and whether Anonymous is actually behind it. The video certainly does not mention the name of the alleged kidnap victim. And there does not seem to be any mention of it on the Anonymous blog page.
And some on Twitter are openly dismissing the kidnapping claim.
“After much research, I confidently confirm the anonymous kidnapping story to be a hoax. #opcartel,” tweeted mach2600.
However LulzPirate claimed on Twitter that “#OpCartel – The dice are already rolling. The first strike will be made within a few hours.”
Anonymous last week revealed that it had ‘taken down’ over forty child pornography websites. It also said that it had published the details of 1,589 alleged paedophiles that it claims were involved in the trading of images of child sex abuse.
Despite scepticism that the group is behind the drug cartel video, it is worth noting that the group has previously targeted police forces in the United States and Europe, as well as defence contractors and even NATO.