Anonymous hacks Mexican military website
The Mexican government is scrambling today after the hacker group Anonymous launched an attack on the military’s website. Yesterday’s action comes as discussions about internet access and rights have been elevated in the wake of the suicide of internet freedom champion Aaron Swartz. The Mexican site was down for several hours during which Anonymous posted a video criticizing the country’s new president Enrique Peña Nieto. FSRN’s Andalusia Knoll has more from Mexico City.
On January 16th, visitors to the Mexican Secretary of National Defense website found a politically-charged surprise. The hacker group Anonymous had replaced the normal site with a video showing images of police repression of protesters during the presidential inauguration in early December. A distorted voice read the 4th declaration of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, an indigenous rebel group. “Nuestra lucha es por la justicia, y el mal gobierno se llena de criminales y asesinos. Nuestra lucha es por la paz, y el mal gobierno anuncia guerra y destrucción.” “Our fight is for justice,” it says, and accuses the government of being filled with criminals and assassins. The voice goes on to say they are fighting for peace as the government pushes for war and destruction. Following last year’s presidential elections, which many claimed were fraudulent, Anonymous hacked the page of Mexico’s elections’ office and claimed they found documentation of electoral fraud. Wednesday’s cyber-attack also targeted the National Marines and the Center for Research and National Security. The defense ministry issued a statement saying that its website was “momentarily out of service,” but did not explain why. Anonymous says intends to release information copied from the Defense site shortly. Andalusia Knoll, FSRN, Mexico City.