Mexican military targeted by hacking organization in historic cyberattack

Mexico’s Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) has been hit by a historic cyberattack that resulted in the theft of 6 terabytes of information, the Mexican government confirmed on September 30.

Hacking collective “El Guacamaya” led the unprecedented extraction of classified information consisting of thousands of Mexican military documents. The hackers reportedly shared collected documents with various news outlets.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed last Friday that the hacktivist organization was targeting the Mexican military, but the president quickly dismissed the attack, saying all information stolen was already in the public domain.

“Well, it’s true. There was a cyber attack, which some call information theft; employing modern mechanisms, they extract files. Well, they are very specialized people, not just anyone,” Mr. López Obrador explained during his morning press conference a day after the information leaked.

So far, the stolen information published by journalist Carlos Loret de Mola consisted of medical reports on the president’s health and details of military operations.

During his show on US-headquartered digital media Latinus, Mr. Loret de Mola leaked military reports revealing that Mr. López Obrador suffered from gout and hypothyroidism.

Additionally, the president was diagnosed with high-risk unstable angina, for which he had to be transferred from his farm in Chiapas to a military hospital in early January.

Mr. López Obrador during his daily press conference on September 30.

Mr. Loret de Mola also referred to the operation known as “El Culiacanazo”, an embarrassing episode for the army in October 2019 when Mr. López Obrador ordered the armed forces to release Ovidio Guzmán, son of the famous baron of the drug Chapo Guzmán, moments after his arrest.

The order to release Mr. Ovidio came after the intense and violent response from the Sinaloa Cartel, which demanded the release of the former capo’s son.

One of the details revealed by Mr. Loret de Mola is that nine people died in the clashes between the army and organized crime, and not eight as initially announced.

During a press conference, Mr. López Obrador downplayed the information leaked by Mr. Loret de Mola and the global hacking attack against SEDENA.

“He who owes nothing fears nothing,” he said. “I’m sure everything they hacked has already been said. Even about my disease, it has already been said… They even missed some things. I said other things.

Guacamaya was also reportedly behind military intelligence hacks in countries like El Salvador, Colombia, Peru and Chile.

Their efforts have focused on land protection, calling for the exploitation and sacking of ‘Abya Yala’ (an indigenous name for the American continent), portraying itself as an organization against colonialism and state-led imperialism. -United.

In a recent example, Guacamaya leaked hundreds of thousands of documents about the local subsidiary of mining conglomerate Solway Group in Guatemala to the nonprofit journalistic organization Forbidden Stories.

After the Mexican military hack, Guacamaya explained that different Mexican investigative journalists had access to the 6 terabytes of information, but it was Mr. Loret de Mola who rushed to publish the health reports Of the president.

So far, Guacamaya has found that SEDENA has been monitoring “insurgent movements” and social leaders such as feminist collectives and the former guerrilla group Ejercito Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN), as threats to national security.

Much of the 6 terabytes of information remains unknown.

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