Armies of Chile, Mexico, Salvador, Peru and Colombia have undergone a gigantic computer piracy

A group of hackers has taken up 10 data terabits, including millions of emails, confidential information detailing military operations and contracts, then disclosed to the press.

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Millions of emails, confidential information detailing military operations, contracts … The armies of five Latin American countries have been the target of a gigantic piracy of their computer systems in recent weeks. In total, 10 data terabits, certain ultrasensible, were hacked in Chile, Mexico, Salvador, Peru and Colombia by a group of cyberactivists, guacamaya , and given to journalists who have started to reveal the content.

Mexico has been the country most affected by this hacking, the most important in its history. The Ministry of Defense was shirked 6 terabits, or more than four million emails, videos and other strategic reports, dating from January 2016 to September 2022. This confidential information exposed the army in full militarization of the country.

Data exfiltration was made public Thursday September 29 by journalist Carlos Loret De Mola, on the news site Latinus . Among other revelations, that of the president’s fragile health, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (“AMLO”), which was the victim in early January of “unstable angina at high risk”, which can cause a heart attack. At the time, the government had assured that the catheterization to which it had to submit had been decided after a routine exam, while hacking reveals that it was an emergency requiring a air repatriation of the president since The State of Chiapas (South) to Mexico City. AMLO admitted on Friday to be “sick” and confirmed the veracity of the data theft, according to him, due to “a change of computer system within the army”. He nevertheless minimized his impact, ensuring that his government “has nothing to hide”.

But the hundreds of thousands of data, some of which bear the mention “confidential”, detail in particular military operations against drug cartels. At the head, the failed arrest attempt on October 17, 2019 in Culiacan (northwest), of Ovidio Guzman, son of the famous head of the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, sentenced to life prison UNITED STATES. The documents reveal that during the operation, “a rank and ten soldiers were injured”.

“hacktivist” movement

Information on the main Mexican drug traffickers now circulate within the editorial staff. Documents even detail the distribution of troops in the territory to fight against the cartels, which have left more than 350,000 dead in sixteen years. The investigative weekly procedures also identified missives from the Minister of Defense, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, showing that He tried to minimize the role of soldiers in the disappearance of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa. As for the Spanish daily Daily el pais , he published a series of internal complaints, which remained dead letters, targeting sexual violence within the army .

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