As news of the takeover of the Ku Klux Klan’s Twitter account by the hacktivists known as Anonymous began circulating on Sunday evening, the collective that resists calling itself a group had already been hard at work on another project, this one overlooked by mainstream media.
On November 15, Anonymous uploaded a video to its YouTube page announcing the launch of “Operation Sky Angels,” aimed at the Mexican government. In the two minute, 39-second video, narrated in English, Anonymous recounts the basics of the situation in Ayotzinapa, including the November 7 press conference during which Mexico’s attorney general, Jesús Murillo Karam, reported that the 43 missing students had been kidnapped and then incinerated.
Suggesting that the government is complicit in the disappearance of the students — and in whatever has happened to them since — Anonymous states in the video that it has been evaluating the websites of Mexican government entities and has initiated a plan to attack those sites.
“We will make them pay for their crimes,” the video’s narrator says. “And in doing so, we will stand firmly with those who wish for a more transparent government. Operation Sky Angels, engaged.”
The operation has not been mentioned on the Anonymous website, nor appeared on the Anonymous Facebook page, which has caused some people on Twitter and elsewhere to raise doubts as to the video’s authenticity. In fact, little has been mentioned about Ayotzinapa on the Anonymous website at all; the second of just two articles about the disappearance of the 43 students was published on the site earlier yesterday (the first article was published on November 7). And as of the publication time of this article, major Mexican government sites and accounts, including the Twitter accounts of the Attorney General’s office, the President’s office and the President himself, as well as the official government websites of these offices, were functioning just fine.
So is Anonymous actually taking action in response to the disappearance of the 43 students? No one seems to be 100 percent sure yet, but the group isn’t exactly known for being forthcoming about the nature or timeline of its operations. Anonymous has not yet responded to inquiries about the operation.