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Zetas gang beheads 4th internet blogger, anonymous outcry or Anonymous stepping in ?

Mexico gangsters have beheaded a 4th internet blogger by the name of Rascatripas (or Belly Scratcher) who was involved in moderating a blog called En Vivo, which posted news of criminal activities of the Zetas, a Mexican narcotics and extortion gang.

Recently a person said to be a member of Anonymous, has posted a video on YouTube claiming that the Zetas had kidnapped another Anonymous member.. threatening Zetas to return the victim unharmed or Anonymous will publish identities of Zetas and details of their protectors, in government and business.

Rumours of it being a possible hoax, have paralleled Anonymous publicising to drop the threat, due to the danger it posed to innocent lives.. although with comments like “wait and see” and more recently “expect us”, the jury is out.

Also, Police arrested two people in southern Veracruz state in September for posting rumors on Twitter about impending gangster attacks on schools. Following this Veracruz’s governor introduced a bill that would have outlawed such postings for “disturbing the public tranquility.” The bill was later dropped and the Twitter users released.

Gang sends message with blogger beheading
By Dudley Althaus, Houston Chronicle, 10 November 2011
http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Blogger-murdered-and-beheaded-in-Nuevo-Laredo-2260814.php – (Full Article) – last access 12 November 2011

Anonymous – Operation Zetas Hunt
TheAnonMessage, Youtube, posted 7 November 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lpJJgVfJD8 – (Video) – last access 12 November 2011

‘Hackers’ threaten Mexican drug cartel in YouTube film
BBC News Technology, 31 Ocotber 2011
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15520912 – (Full Article) – last access 12 November 2011

Anonymous Veracruz message to ZETA – English Mirror
lesleyblooddotcom, Youtube, posted 29 October 2011.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJORGO1Q2VY – (English Translated Video) – last access 12 November 2011

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Securing Freedom, What Tactics Should and Currently are Being Used to Combat Criminal Exploitation of the Internet, and is it Legal or Proportionate ?

A few recent broadcasts not too be missed..

Stephen Grey investigates the use of computer hacking by the police and security agencies to combat criminal exploitation of the internet and asks if it is legal.

“.. RIPA .. range of surveillance powers.. unspecified hardware/software, keyloggers..

software installed on suspect computers could be considered breaking section 3 of Computer Misuse Act, by altering data..

lack of clarity from authorities, Article 8 Human Rights Act, scope of states power must be disclosed and made clear what authorities will or won’t use ..

William Hague, who speaks for the government on computer security issues, said: “Any export of goods that could be used for internal repression is something we would want to stop” .. He also admitted the law governing software exports was a grey area ..”

UK firm denies ‘cyber-spy’ deal with Egypt
Stephen Grey, File on 4, BBC Radio 4, 20 September 2011
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14981672 – (Full Broadcast) – last access 23 September 2011

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Excellently delivered by Eliza, offering public insight into reasons behind securing freedom and perceived hypocrisy.

Her second Reith lecture of 2011, the former director-general of the British Security Service (MI5), Eliza Manningham-Buller, discusses policy priorities since 9/11. She reflects on the Arab Spring, and argues that the West’s support of authoritarian regimes did, to some extent, fuel the growth of al-Qaeda.

The Reith Lectures – Securing Freedom: 2011 : Freedom
Eliza Manningham-Buller, BBC Radio 4, 20 September 2011
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00k4053/The_Reith_Lectures_Eliza_ManninghamBuller_Lecture_3_Freedom/ – (Full Broadcast) – last access 23 September 2011

Her first and the previous Reith Lecture:

The Reith Lectures – Securing Freedom: 2011 : Security
Eliza Manningham-Buller, BBC Radio 4, 13 September 2011
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b014fcyw/The_Reith_Lectures_Securing_Freedom_2011_Eliza_ManninghamBuller_Security/ – (Full Broadcast) – last access 23 September 2011

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