Millions of e-mails, confidential information detailing military operations, contracts … In the past few weeks, the armies of five Latin American countries have been subjected to a gigantic hack into their computer systems. In total, 10 terabits of data, some ultra-sensitive, were hacked in Chile, Mexico, El Salvador, Peru and Colombia by a group of cyberactivists, Guacamaya, and given to reporters who have begun to disclose its contents.
Mexico was the country most affected by this hack, the largest in its history. 6 terabits, or more than four million e-mails, videos and other strategic reports, dated from January 2016 to September 2022, were stolen from the Ministry of Defense. This confidential information exposes the army in full militarization from the country.
The exfiltration of the data was made public Thursday, September 29 by journalist Carlos Loret de Mola, on the news site latinus. Among other revelations, the one about the fragile health of the president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (“AMLO”), victim of a “high-risk unstable angina”, which can cause a heart attack. At the time the government had assured that the catheterization to which he had to undergo was decided after a routine examination, while the hacking reveals that it was an emergency that required an air repatriation of the president since the state of Chiapas (south). in Mexico City. AMLO admitted Friday that he was ” sick ” and confirmed the veracity of the data theft, due, according to him, to “a change in the information system within the military”. However he downplayed its impact by assuring his government “has nothing to hide”.
But the hundreds of thousands of data, some of which are marked as “confidential”, details in particular military operations against drug cartels. At the head, the failed arrest attempt, on 17 October 2019 in Culiacan (north-west), of Ovidio Guzman, son of the famous leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, sentenced to life imprisonment in UNITED STATES. Documents show that during the operation “An officer and ten soldiers were wounded”.
Information on the main Mexican drug traffickers is now circulating in the newsrooms. The documents also describe the distribution of troops across the territory to fight the cartels, which have caused more than 350,000 deaths in sixteen years. The investigative weekly Processes he also identified letters from the defense minister, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, which show that he tried to downplay the role of the military in the disappearance of the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa. As for the Spanish newspaper El Paíspublished a series of internal complaints, remained a dead letter, targeting sexual violence within the military.
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