01 Feb 2012

Hacktivist group Anonymous takes on Mexican version of SOPA, PIPA

Congressional efforts to curb the piracy of intellectual property online and bring its culprits to justice has proved difficult, as major web outlets staged blackouts to protest the contentious legislation of the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act.

During the week of protest, infamous hacktivist collective Anonymous overcame security software and executed distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on websites including the U.S. Department of Justice and the Motion Picture Association of America.

While Congress has since shelved its controversial anti-piracy measures for the time being, similar legislation has cropped up in Mexico. In protest of a proposed fine for online copyright violation, Anonymous declared on January 27 via its Spanish-language Twitter feed that it had disabled the web domains for the Mexican Senate of the Republic and Secretariat of Governance by overwhelming their servers.

This is not the first time Anonymous has confronted powers south of the border. After the alleged kidnapping of a member in Veracruz by the ultraviolent Zeta drug cartel in October 2011, the organization threatened to exploit internet security weaknesses to reveal the identities of the cartel’s secret police and media collaborators. The operation was quickly abandoned when sources claimed the notorious cartel was hiring experts to hunt and kill any Anonymous members.