Anonymous Backs Off Plan to Name Zetas Associates
According to Stratfor Intelligence Group (which automatically plays a video when you click, I hate that):
Since we have seen evidence of cartels employing their own computer scientists to engage in cybercrime, it is logical to conclude that the cartels likely have individuals working to track anti-cartel bloggers and hackers. Those individuals involved thus face the risk of abduction, injury and death — judging by how Los Zetas have dealt with threats in the past.
Anonymous is no match for the Zetas or any cartel. [More...]
Their plan to reveal information about those doing business with the Zetas unless two of their members believed to have been kidnapped by the group are released strikes me as a kind of vigilante justice. And we all know that vigilante justice is no justice at all. If someone is kidnapped, call the police and file a report and let them handle it. This plan was dangerous not only to themselves, but to anyone they publicly identified.
The Government doesn't need Anonymous' help. With all the electronic surveillance and privacy-intrusive techniques at its disposal, it's unlikely the group would turn up something not already known to the Government.
Anonymous' information may or may not be accurate or reliable. What if the group is mistaken about someone they identify as a supporter of the Zetas and a rival cartel acts to harm or kill the person based on Anonymous' posting?
Memo to Anonymous: Stay out of the law-enforcement game. It's not your expertise and too many people could be hurt.
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