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Re: S-weekly for Comment - Placing the Anonymous vs. Zeta conflict in context

Released on 2012-03-02 01:00 GMT

Email-ID 170773
Date 2011-11-02 01:51:45
He has long been pegged as a Zeta supporter in the Mexican Media and even
the LA Times. There are videos all over Youtube that say he's a crook.

From: Marko Primorac
Reply-To: Analyst List
Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2011 17:25:49 -0500 (CDT)
To: Analyst List
Subject: Re: S-weekly for Comment - Placing the Anonymous vs. Zeta
conflict in context
Great stuff -- I guess one thing you may want to maybe that no legal
action has been taken against Rosario Torres to date over the Anonymous


From: "Matt Mawhinney"
To: "Analyst List"
Sent: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:16:18 PM
Subject: Re: S-weekly for Comment - Placing the Anonymous vs. Zeta
conflict in context

One comment in blue.

On 11/1/11 4:51 PM, Marc Lanthemann wrote:

also i don't think widget is the appropriate term - script maybe?
protocol? kevin might actually know the technical term.

On 11/1/11 4:48 PM, Marc Lanthemann wrote:

I think it might be good to mention what was said in the dispatch
discussion: that this is a brand new type of cyber attack against
cartels, exposing rather than intel collection and disruption, which
is what government agencies do.

On 11/1/11 1:11 PM, scott stewart wrote:

Placing the Anonymous vs. Zeta Conflict in Context

On Oct. 31, the online activist collective Anonymous posted a
message to the internet in which it stated that it was continuing
with its campaign against the Mexican criminal cartels and their
governmentsupporters despite the inherent danger.

The messageurged inexperienced activists who might not be practicing
proper online security measures to abstain from participating. It
also urged individuals associated with Anonymous to not conduct
physical pamphlet drops, participate in protests, wear or purchase
Guy Fawkes masks, or use Guy Fawkes imagery in their internet or
physical world activities. Guy Fawkes was British Catholic
conspirator who was involved in a plot to bomb the British
Parliament in 1605, and who has become somewhat of an Anarchist icon
in the United Kingdom. The British celebrate Guy Fawkes Day each
year on Nov. 5, and the day has special meaning for the anarchists.
Not incorrect but the use of the Guy Fawkes mask as the face of Anon
stems from the graphic novel and subsequent Hollywood movie V for

It is not coincidental then, that in their Oct. 6 video, Anonymous
set Nov. 5 as the deadline for Los Zetas to release the Anonymous
associate who was allegedly kidnapped in Veracruz by Los Zetas. The
Anonymous associate was reportedly abducted during an Anonymous
leaflet campaign called Operation Paperstorm.

The Oct. 31message acknowledged that the operation against Los
Zetas, dubbed "# OpCartel" I am not sure if the hashtag is not just
the twitter handle, should be checked is dangerous and noted that
the collective would be assembling a hand-picked group of known and
trusted associates to participate in a special task force to execute
the operation. It asked supporters to use a software widget they had
developed in order to anonymously pass information pertaining to
drug trafficking to the task force, which will then distribute it.

With Nov. 5, approaching, and at least some elements of Anonymous
not backing down on their threats to Los Zetas, we thought it would
be useful to provide some context to the present conflict between
Anonymous and Los Zetas and to also address some of its potential


First it issignificant to understand that the epicenter of this
event is Veracruz, which has been a very busy place over the past
few months in terms of Mexico's cartel wars. The port city also
serves as a critical transportation hub for the narcotics smuggling
activities of the Los Zetas cartel. Because of this, Stratfor has
identified Veracruz as [link
] a bellweather city thatwill help determine the trajectory of the
Los Zetas cartel in the coming months.

One of the big recent developments in Veracruz was the Sinaloa
cartel's push into the Zeta stronghold using the [link
] Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), which using the name
Matazetas (Zeta killers) conducted some high-profile body dumps of
over 50 alleged low-level Zeta operatives on Sept. 20 and 22. On
Oct. 25, Mexican Marines arrested Carlos Arturo Pitalua-Carillo, "El
Bam Bam," who was Los Zetas plaza boss in Veracruz. This means that
in Veracruz at the present time, Los Zetas are feeling pressure from
both the Government of Mexico and the CJNG.

Into this dynamic flow, we had the Anonymous internet collective
begin to take action in Veracruz in August. In response to what
Anonymous saw as the state of Veracruz supporting the Los Zetas
cartel, they launched Operation Paperstorm, in which activists
associated with the Anonymous collective distributed leaflets
throughout Veracruz claiming the state government supports Los
Zetas. They conducted major leaflet distributions on Aug. 13, 20,
and 29. They also released videos to the internet on Aug. 26 and 29,
condemning the State of Veracruz. (According to the Oct. 6 Anonymous
video, Los Zetas allegedly kidnapped one of the activists involved
in Operation Paperstorm.)

Activities outside of Veracruz have also played a part in setting
the stage. On Sept. 13, two people were tortured and killed and
their bodies hung from a pedestrianoverpass in Nuevo Laredo,
Tamaulipas state. Signs left with the bodies signified that Los
Zetas had killed the pair because they had posted information
pertaining to Los Zetas on blogs that specialize in reporting on the
Mexican cartels. On Sept 26, the body of Marisol Macias Casteneda
was found beheaded in a park in Nuevo Laredo. Macias who worked
for a local newspaper allegedly posted on cartel blogs using the
nickname "Laredo Girl." A message found with her body noted that she
was killed by Los Zetas due to her online activities.

Following the death of Laredo Girl, Anonymous claimed responsibility
for a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack conducted against
the official website of the state of Veracruz. Although she was
killed by Los Zetas in Nuevo Laredo Tamaulipas, Anonymous said their
attack on the Veracruz state website was because of the death of
Laredo Girl.

It is also important to recognize that Anonymous was also unhappy
with the State of Veracruz over the decision of the state to
prosecute two individuals who had posted false kidnapping reports on
Twitter on Aug. 25. The false reports alleged that a group of
children had been abducted from a Veracruz school and the panic
caused by the report allegedly resulted in some two dozen traffic
accidents as terrified parents rushed to the school to check o n
their children. The so-called "twitter terrorists" were initially
charged with offenses that could have carried a 30-year sentence.
Anonymous, which has absolute freedom of speech on the internet as
one of its foundational principles, took umbrage with this stiff
penalty for the Twitter case - especially because it stood in stark
contrast with the impunity many cartel figures enjoy in Mexico.

Following the Oct. 6 release of the video in which Anonymous
threatened Los Zetas if they did not release the kidnapped anonymous
activist, Stratfor began to focus on the story, and in light of the
approaching Nov. 5 deadline, decided to publish an, [link
] analysis of the topic, which was released on Oct. 28.

Following the release of our analysis, the topic has received a
great deal of media coverage. This publicity has generated a very
interesting response from Anonymous -- one that emphasizes the fast
that it is a collective of people and not an organization. As some
Anonymousactivists were backing off the issue, erasing online user
accounts, suggesting that the operation against Los Zetas had been a
hoax and claiming that no activist had been kidnapped, other
activists suggested that the campaign should be suspended. Still
other activists became more strident and determined in their posts,
urging that the campaign continue. Since Anonymous is a collective,
activists can pick and choose which actions they will participate
in. that means in his case that those activists who want to refrain
from the campaign will and those who want to participate will
continue it.

This will to continue was manifested on Oct. 29, the personal
website of Gustavo RosarioTorres, the former attorney general of the
Mexican state of Tobasco was hacked and defaced with a message from
Anonymous Mexico stating that Rosario was aZeta - It was also
reflected in the tone of the Oct. 31 message. Some activists
associated with Anonymous clearly feel compelled to continue with
the campaign due to the outpouring of public support they received
in the wake of the media coverage. According to the Oct 31. Video

"we received many expressions of support and solidarity as well as
the voices of people crying for help. We must remember that we are
on the side of the people, and we cannot let down the people,
especially in critical moments like the one they currently live in."

We therefore anticipate that some Anonymous activists will continue
the campaign. We also believe that Los Zetas will respond.

Revenge of the Sith (Yes Kamran, I agree with Isa that Star Wars is
better than Star Trek) Star Wars III-IV are, the rest don't exist
in my book.

The variouscartel groups in Mexico have long used the internet as a
place to trumpet their triumphs on the battlefield and to taunt and
even degrade their enemies. The cartels have posted videos of them
torturing, executing and beheading members of opposing cartels. They
also frequently monitor narco blogs and sometimeseven post on them.
As demonstrated by the blogger killings in Nuevo Laredo in
September, Los Zetas appear to possess at least some rudimentary
capability to trace online activity to people in thephysical world.
It is not known if they employ their own team of dedicated cyber
experts or if they rely on sources within the Mexican government -
although the most likely answer is probably a little of both.

In past Anonymous actions, like the Dec. 2010 attack against Pay Pal
following the Wikileaks case, governments in the U.S. and the UK
have arrested numerous individuals associated with Anonymous who
allegedly participated in the attack. In June 2011, Turkey arrested
dozens of activists associated with Anonymousactions conducted
against the Turkish government for its efforts to establish a
national internet filtering system.

Los Zetas, like the other Mexican cartels, do not take affronts
lightly. Even if Anonymous is not able to provide information that
will damage Los Zetas smuggling operations, the very fact that this
group has decided to challenge Los Zetas publicly will result in
some sort of response. The big question is: do theypossess the
capability to effectively trace the organizers of the
Anonymousaction against them?

One problem with an entity such as Anonymous is that it is
intentionally amorphous - it is also as transnational as the
internet, and it would not be surprising if many of those chosen to
participate in the operation against Los Zetas are located outside
of Mexico in locations such as the U.S. and Europe which are outside
the immediate reach of Los Zetas.

But the amorphous nature of Anonymous can also cut the other way.
If Los Zetas pick up and execute some random patrons from an
internet cafe, behead them and place Guy Fawkesmasks on their heads,
it will be very difficult to prove that they were not associated
with Anonymous. As Anonymous noted in their Oct. 31 video, this is
dangerous business.

The Big Picture

One thing to watch as the Anonymous operation continues is the way
in which the Mexican public reacts. Many people in the Mexican
middle and upper classes have been deeply affected by the criminal
cartels and theviolence the practice. We talk to many people in
Mexico who are fearful of being kidnapped. In many communities,
especially places like Juarez, Torreon, Monterrey and Veracruz,
businessmen are being caught in a terrible bind. On one hand, they
are receiving ever-increasing extortion demands from the cartels,
while at the same time their business revenues are dwindling because
people are afraid to go out due to the violence associated with
those same cartels. This is forcing many businessmen out of
business. It is also creating a great deal of frustration and

At the same time, Mexico has become one of the most dangerous
countries in the world for journalists, and many media companies
practice heavy self-censorship to protect themselves. In the wake of
the September blogger killings some of the narco blogs, like Blog
del Narco, have also exhibited strong signs of fear inspired
self-censorship. This means that the legitimate press is not able
to be of any real aid to the Mexican people.

Mexican citizens are also frustrated with their government, which is
well-known for corruption. This is the sentiment feeding Anonymous'
original campaign in Veracruz. This frustration has lead some
people to begin to talk about

vigilante groups to fight the cartels - though that has been
attempted before in Mexico and as we saw in the case of [link
] La Familia MichoacA!n, which originally began as such a vigilante
group, vigilantism frequently does not end well.

This is where Anonymous may fit in. With Mexican citizens unable to
rely on their government, the media or even armed vigilante groups
for assistance, they may embrace Anonymous and come to view its form
of cyber vigilantism as an outlet for their frustration -- and a
safe way to pass oninformation pertaining to cartel activities. If
this occurs, we may see people not just in Veracruz and other Zeta
controlled areas providing information to Anonymous, but citizens
from all over the country.

Also, in the same way that cartels leak information togovernments in
an effort to use them as weapons against their rivals, we could also
very well see groups such as the Sinaloa cartel provide information
on Los Zetas to Anonymous. This of course would provide even more
reason for Los Zetas to strike out against the activist collective.
Eventually Anonymous could turn their sites on the other cartels. I
wonder if the other cartels are thinking of Anonymous more as a
potential threat/annoyance or a way to weaken the Zetas. Probably a
little bit of both at this point.

If the Anonymous information campaign does indeed take off, and if
Anonymous is attacked by Los Zetas, the activists could resort to
releasing sensitive information to the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration in an attempt to damage Los Zetas. This would be an
incredible irony in light of the way Anonymous has viewed itself as
an opponent of the U.S. government in cases like Wikileaks.

Marc Lanthemann
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