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Hacker Threatens Cartel Affiliates Over Kidnapping

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Hacker Threatens Cartel Affiliates Over Kidnapping

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Hacker Threatens Cartel Affiliates Over Kidnapping

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The hackers group Anonymous is threatening to expose Mexican government officials, police and journalists who have collaborated with Las Zetas, the notorious drug cartel, unless the group releases an Anonymous member they allegedly abducted.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

We're also following a conflict between two very different groups that work outside the law: one traffics in narcotics, the other in information.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Members of the hacker group known as Anonymous posted a YouTube video this week. It's directed at a Mexican drug cartel. The drug traffickers allegedly kidnapped a member of Anonymous. Now the hacker group says if the prisoner is not freed, they will expose officials, police, and journalists who collaborate with the drug cartel.

MONTAGNE: Anonymous supporters disagree over whether to fight the group called the Zetas. The cartel is known for murdering its rivals and enemies, but the message from Anonymous gave a deadline of Saturday to free the captive, or, it says, it will begin unmasking those who allegedly work with the cartel.

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