Anonymous Rethinks Cartel Hacking

    Mexican marines escort five alleged drug traffickers of the Zeta drug cartel in front of an RPG-7 rocket launcher, hand grenades, firearms, cocaine and military uniforms seized to alleged members of the Zetas drug traffickers cartel and presented to press on June 9, 2011 at the Navy Secretaryship in Mexico City. Fiven men were arrested and more than two hundred rifles, eleven pistols, military uniforms, differents caliber ammunitions and more than 200 kg of cocaine were seized in the Coahuila and Nuevo Leon States by the Navy. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The hacking collective Anonymous seems to have reconsidered the wisdom of attacking Mexico’s deadly Zetas drug cartel. After security company Stratfor warned that the cartel is hiring security experts to track the hackers down, two members of “Operation Cartel” announced they won’t continue with their plan to expose Zeta collaborators. But violent retribution wasn’t the only problem with the plan. Several Anonymous members have raised doubts that the alleged kidnapping of an Anonymous member, which sparked the operation, ever happened. Finally, there was the concern that anyone Anonymous fingered as a collaborator, no matter how sound the evidence, would be hunted by rival cartels.

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