The Anonymous hacker group has threatened to leak the private information of members of the Mexican drug cartel The Zetas in retaliation for the kidnapping of an Anonymous group member.
Anonymous, infamous for its ties to Wikileaks and for hacking bank and law enforcement websites, said it would publish the identities and addresses of Zeta members and their associates, like corrupt police officers, taxi drivers and journalists, if the ruthless drug cartel did not release the hacker, who was recently kidnapped at a street protest.
According to a video posted online, which features a man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, Anonymous would leak photos, names and addresses of those in cahoots with the Zetas “to see if the government would arrest them.”
In an ode to Fawkes, the revolutionary who planned to blow up parliament on November 5, 1605 and who also inspired the iconic movie V for Vendetta, the hackers threatened that the identities would be released November 5th. Anonymous group members have also claimed that they will take down Fox News and Facebook on this date.
According to interviews in the Houston Chronicle, releasing the identities of Zetas and their associates could have profound impacts in Veracruz, the Mexican city where the hacker was taken.
Mike Vigil, the retired head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said the Zetas would be wise to take the hackers seriously.
“It is a gutsy move,” Vigil said. “By publishing the names, they identify them to rivals, and trust me, they will go after them.”