Mexican Cyber Protest Hacks Government Websites on National Independence Day
Some 10 government online properties as well as the websites of several ministries and political parties were attacked by Mexican hacktivist group Mexican Cyber Protest (MCP) on the day the country celebrated its independence, as reported by the BBC.
Messages accusing Enrique Pena Nieto of having been recently elected president through fraud were posted on the defaced pages
“As we saw Mexico is undergoing a series of changes, changes that will get us anything new that we will be in the same situation as before, as the PRI [i.e. Institutional Revolutionary Party] always imposed a regime, a regime of violence, links to crime, fraud if, as the elections!” reads a group statement.
The attackers also drew attention to corruption, drug-related violence and the state of the economy. However, they deny their affiliation to Anonymous.
“This is a peaceful protest cybernetics, we are not and never will be anonymous, we Ciber Protest Mexican, we’re not criminals, we are students, workers, productive people to Mexico that we’re tired and we seek a means of expressing our disagreements.”
“Mexico!!! I want to see you UNITED, not defeated,” concludes the MCP message.
Accusations that Nieto bought votes and media coverage to win elections were rejected in court last month for lack of evidence. Nieto is to return to office on December 1.
National or independence days appear to draw hack attacks as various underground groups want make a political point on those festive occasions. In June, PrivateX, an Anonymous-affiliated group in the Philippines, chose to protest the passing of a new cyber bill by breaching several government websites on the Filipino independence day.