Cyberwar in the Underworld: Anonymous versus Los Zetas in Mexico

Cyberwar in the Underworld: Anonymous versus Los Zetas in Mexico

YaleJournal.org

February 26, 2013

By Paul Rexton Kan

Abstract—Little attention has been paid to non-state actors conducting cyberwars against each other and the disruptive effects these wars can have on nation-states. This article explores the online clash between the hacker group, Anonymous, and the Mexican drug cartel, Los Zetas. This type of cyberwar was unique: it was an incident where two clandestine non-state groups used the digital domain to attack each other and it was largely a private affair. Yet the incident had public consequences that left the Mexican government as a bystander. Such criminal activity beyond the reach of government intervention blurs the line between public safety and national security.

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