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Mexico and other Latin American countries under threat from international pirates

A huge treasure trove of emails from the Mexican Ministry of Defense are among the electronic communications taken by a group of hackers from military and police agencies in several Latin American countries, the Mexican president confirmed on Friday.

The recognition of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador comes after the Chilean government said last week that emails had been removed from its Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Mexico’s president spoke at his daily press conference following a local media report that the hack revealed previously unknown details about a health scare he had in January.

López Obrador downplayed the hack saying “there is nothing that is not known”. He said the intrusion apparently happened during a change in Department of Defense systems.

But Chile was so concerned about the breach of its own systems that last week it recalled its defense minister from the United States where she was attending the United Nations General Assembly with President Gabriel Boric.

The 10 terabytes of data collected by the group also includes emails from the military of El Salvador, Peru and Colombia, as well as the national police of El Salvador. The Mexican part of the data seems to be the most important.

A group of anonymous, self-proclaimed social justice warriors who call themselves Guacamaya say they use hacking to expose injustice and corruption to defend indigenous peoples. Hackers using the same name previously hacked into and released the emails of a mining company long accused of human rights and environmental abuses in Guatemala.

In a statement accompanying the most recent action, the group complained about the plundering of Latin America, which it calls Abya Yala, by colonizers and the persistent extractivist aims of the “Global North”.

The group released a 1,400-word memorandum saying that Latin American countries’ military and police, often with extensive training by the United States, are being used by governments “to hold their people captive”.

Source: OEM

Mexico Daily Post