November 02, 2011, 11:44 AM —
When a member of the hacker group Anonymous was kidnapped by a drug cartel, the hackers threatened to release information exposing members of Los Zetas. But the cartel has threatened more violence, and Anonymous is backing down.
One can't blame Anonymous members for retreating, since the Los Zetas have hung two blogger's bodies from a bridge and beheaded another in the past two months. While many journalists have been killed over the years, the blogger attacks are new. Now, the cartel has employed their own hackers to track members of the Anonymous group for retribution, causing the hackers to retreat. See the original (translated) Anonymous announcement on YouTube.
If the group did publish the names of cartel members and those on their payroll, such as police and government officials, few expect the justice system in strife-ridden areas of Mexico to step up. Most likely, rival cartels would target their competition for elimination. While many sympathize with the goals of the hackers, few commenters believe they can prevail.
Cheers for Anonymous
Please stay focused on government corruption and corporate greed, Anon.
Namewithheld on talkingpointsmemo.com
Not a fan
I'm not a fan of vigilantes in real life or on the internet.
Flying Squid on talkingpointsmemo.com
I hope everybody stays safe. Corruption can be very wicked.
Handy on talkingpointsmemo.com
The real reason why they're not releasing it is because the civilians they were intending to expose aren't actually members of Los Zetas, and would just get killed by the cartel if they were to be exposed.
w1ntermute on news.ycombinator.com
i say to hell with the cartels, let anonymous do their thing and let's see what happens
mcfuego on talkingpointsmemo.com
It's difficult to wage an information war with gangsters. The ones who get to the top by killing and torturing are not likely to be threatened by having a few emails released.
forensic on news.ycombinator.com
A cyberwar may be messy, but bullets are brutal. Time to vote: should technologists step in to do a job the police have been unable to perform? Yes/No, and explain your answer.