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Anonymous to retaliate against Mexican drug lords in OpCartel

After hacking group member kidnapped

What seems to be the Veracruz, Mexico faction of Anonymous recently posted a video (English version) demanding the release of a member allegedly detained by the Zetas cartel.

Although the video doesn’t reveal the hacktivist’s name, the character wearing Fawkes mask says the drug lords’ victim was kidnapped while distributing fliers and printed messages on the streets of the Mexican city during Paperstorm Operation.

If they don’t free the hostage, the drug lords and their colluders’ identities risk to be exposed: “For the time being, we will not post photos or the names … of the taxi drivers, the journalists or the newspapers nor of the police officers, but if needed, we will publish them including their addresses, to see if by doing so the government will arrest them. […] We all know who they are and where they are”.

According to another blog post (in Spanish) detailing the latest Anonymous action, codenamed Operation Cartel, the hacktivists have assembled “a special task force dedicated to this issue”, Moreover, they ask all those who “are not properly protected” to refrain from participating and stop identifying themselves as Anonymous, by wearing masks or similar insignia.

The ultimatum of Anonymous Veracruz expires by Friday: “You made a huge mistake by taking one of us. Release him. And if anything happens to him, you will always remember this upcoming November 5th”.

 Safe surfing everybody!

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Răzvan LIVINTZ

With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on www.hotforsecurity.com.

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples http://martzipan.blogspot.com), messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.

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