Hackers group releases demands to Mexican government, bus companies
Fri, 02 Dec 2011 05:37:06 GMT —
A hackers group known as 'Anonymous' has released a series demands to the Mexican government and bus companies in order to halt a planned December 10th cyber attack.
The group released its five demands in an unlisted YouTube video sent to Action 4 News and other media outlets late Thursday.
Anonymous claims that the Mexican government and bus companies are covering up or not doing enough to stop kidnappings, rapes and robberies of passengers on Mexico's highways.
The group is threatening to hack a series of government and bus company websites for a 24-hour period unless its demands are met.
Action 4 News was the first media outlet to report about the mass graves found in San Fernando, Tamauilpas just 90 miles south of the Rio Grande Valley.
Authorities believe the 293 bodies are those of bus passengers abducted and murdered by members of the Zetas drug cartel.
Dozens of arrests were made in the San Fernando case but Anonymous claims the crimes continue in Tamaulipas and throughout Mexico.
In the YouTube video, Anonymous said that only 5 percent of Mexico travels by airplane while the rest travel by passenger bus.
Anonymous stated in the video that meeting their demands will improve security on the roadways for the Mexican nationals and tourists alike.
Anonymous listed the following five demands:
1) All passenger buses travel on tolls roads (which are more secure)2) GPS devices be mounted on all passenger buses3) Live, remote cameras be installed on all passenger buses4) Armed, plain clothes "bus marshals" travel on passenger buses5) Those arrested in Mexico's drug war be treated under Geneva Convention
A spokesperson for Anonymous told Action 4 News via direct message on Twitter that both sides of Mexico's drug war have stated they are war.
They believe the Geneva Convention and its articles for the treatment of prisoners should apply to prisoners taken in the drug war.
Bus Company, Government Response
Action 4 News had attempted to reach major Mexican passenger bus companies and Mexico's federal police about the planned cyber attack.
Bus company officials could not be reached for comment but Tranpais said in a previous statement that their buses already have GPS devices.
Mexico's federal police asked Action 4 News to submit an inquiry to their cyber crimes unit in writing.
Action 4 News sent the e-mail request but never received a reply.