Saturday, November 5, 2011

Anonymous vs. Mexico's Zetas Cartel: This One's Real

Anonymous seems to have met their match: The Zeta Cartel, or have they?

Over the past week anonymous has been threatening to release a list of "servants",(journalists, taxi drivers, government workers, etc.) that are on the payroll for the Zeta cartel. This is in response to the Mexican's kidnapping an anonymous member earlier in the week. The Zeta cartel is one of the most infamous and powerful cartels in Mexico, are extremely violent, and not shy about bloodshed.

Anonymous has demanded the kidnapped member be released, or they'd dump the classified information they have on the cartels "servants". As of this morning its been noted that the kidnapped member has been freed, but they threatened if anonymous leaked any information on their "servants" they'll kill the members family and 10 people for every name released.

This is where it gets real. Anonymous is an internet group and debated heavily on on the release of this data. This isn't law enforcement or governments getting involved, its random people in a chat forum. If they were to dump a couple hundred names on the internet thousands of people could have died. Its one thing to setup a sit-in at parks (#occupy), but getting started in a gang war is over their heads.

Both of these groups don't like being told what to do, but its evident the cartel dosen't want their servants exposed, and anonymous were slightly concerned with a real backlash. Their response to this event was much more real than a DDOS or web attack, and I think they eventually realized that.

Anonymous, for the sake of human life drop this one.

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