Anonymous threatens Mexican politicians and City of Toronto

Filed Under: Denial of Service, Featured, Law & order, Malware

Two new videos have surfaced purporting to be from the online collective known as Anonymous. The first video was posted on the New Alliance Party's website after it was hacked and defaced.

The video was also posted to YouTube with the title "Anonymous declara la guerra a la corrupción del gobierno mexicano" which translates to Anonymous declares war on Mexican government corruption in English.

YouTube video from Anonymous making statement on Mexican corruption

These attacks occurred during an election where the sister of President Calderon was running for office in the state of Michoacán.

Anonymous alleges the government is responsible for much of the cartel related violence due to corruption.

Around the same time another arm of Anonymous began making threats against the City of Toronto in Canada.

Creative Commons photo Occupy Toronto courtesy of ryPix's Flickr photostreamAnonymous is threatening retaliation after the announcement by Mayor Rob Ford that he will announce when he intends to evict the protesters from St. James Park this week.

The robotic voice in the YouTube video that was posted suggests they will take the city offline, which likely means they will use a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against City of Toronto websites.

As always it is difficult to know whether these messages are really from the "main" group of Anonymous or from some random person who posted it under the Anonymous banner.

Demonym for those who live in TorontoNothing against Torontonians, but I am not sure how their city's website being DDoS'd is supposed to disrupt my life.

While it is criminal to participate in an attack like Anonymous is suggesting, I am not sure how committing these crimes really helps their movement.

Free speech, especially political speech is a very important issue, but you don't need to participate in criminal activities in order to use it.

Creative Commons photo from Occupy Toronto courtesy of ryPix's Flickr photostream.

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3 Responses to Anonymous threatens Mexican politicians and City of Toronto

  1. Guest · 1074 days ago

    Do you really think that's what it means (ie. Toronto offline) or do you think it means affecting the computers that run the Transit system - because that would cause a huge issues

  2. sml156 · 1074 days ago

    This is bull there is no way anon is going to attack TO . This is just some idiot that feels like calling himself Anonymous

  3. NotI · 1073 days ago

    Oh god, I won't be able to pay my parking tickets.

    Someone please stop Anonymous, I don't want to pay extra because my bills are laaaaaate

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Chester Wisniewski is a Senior Security Advisor at Sophos Canada. He provides advice and insight into the latest threats for security and IT professionals with the goal of providing clear guidance on complex topics. You can follow Chester on Twitter as @chetwisniewski, on App.net as Chester, Chester Wisniewski on Google Plus or send him an email at chesterw@sophos.com.