Los Zetas’ own hackers cause elements to cancel attack over real world consequences.
Some members of the amorphous, leaderless, group of hackers known the world over as Anonymous have urged the greater collective to cease their activities on the Los Zetas drug cartel after the real world effects of messing with the notoriously cruel and violent group have become clear.
Mexico based hackers Skill3r and Glyniss Paroubek have called for the attack to cease after the Zetas let it be known that their own group of hackers are working to identify Anonymous actors and bring violent death down upon them and their families. This “revelation” has caused not only Mexican Anons to falter, but American actors as well, having never confronted such a violent force in real life.
Now kids, this is what they say when you play with fire. I have some experience with cartels and I would hazard to guess that whether Anon aborts or not, the Zetas are going to go after you. These are the same nice people who walk into drug clinics, where junkies attempt to get clean, and lay waste to everyone inside so as to discourage long term customers from no longer partaking in their product. If you decide to even mess with these guys, one needs to do a bit of foresight. There is a reason they can operate with the impunity they do, they are fucking ruthless. And now Anon, like it or not, pull out or not, they are coming after you. Which sucks.
Some of the higher level hackers, like Sabu, are planning to continue Operation Cartel despite the Zetas threats and the withdraw of other actors.
“# OpCartel is more alive than ever and as I told others in private, the war against corruption is on both sides of the spectrum. We are going to WAR!” – Sabu via Twitter.
Yes, you are going to war. And people die in war. Even in the best case, where Anonymous got off Scott free, outed Zetas would undoubtedly be killed by rival cartels. It should come as no surprise that the Zetas won’t take kindly to losing some of their members. They will want blood.
I recommend that all American Anons who have to date been complicit in Operation Cartel to seek protection from local authorities immediately. Option 2, of course, is to continue the operation. In my line of work, when you realize that you just bit off more than you can chew, you can either assault forward and hope to survive or try to flee and get the bullet in the back. However, you have that third option of getting the government to shield you and your families from violence, I suggest you take it.*
The internet may be serious business, but real life will fucking kill you.
*Note: If you’re in Mexico and take option 3, the result will most likely still be death. Sorry buddy, recommend border hop and domain change.