“When the geeks go marching in, good stuff can happen, but if everyone joins in, real change can take place.” That’s what the hackers and team behind Codeando México, a civil innovation platform where government and organizations publish projects, thought when they launched the #app115 challenge, an app competition that aimed to prove that great code can be very inexpensive if motivated by the right reasons.
Latin American members of the activist hacker group Anonymous called off a November 5 plan to expose people associated with the Zetas, Mexico's most violent drug cartel, according to the group's blog.
In a post written in Spanish on the group's Latin American blog, the members said they had called off the action after the Zetas met a demand to release a kidnapped group member, and that: "We can say that, while bruised, he is alive and well".
A planned cyber attack on one of the most vicious drug cartels in Mexico by members of the hacker collective known as Anonymous is going ahead as planned, a spokesman for the group said today through a video posted to YouTube.
The websites of several Mexican government ministries, including Defense and Public Security, went offline on Thursday, and a hacker group claimed responsibility.
The ministry websites as well as several local government sites went down early on Thursday afternoon and could still not be accessed. A spokesman for the Mexican Defense Ministry said only that the website was experiencing technical difficulties.