There are 85 attacks against politicians in the electoral process


This year everything that has to do with the illegal intervention of private communications has intensified a lot. They are doing it now under the modality of hacking social networks, but there are also other ways of doing it, such as cloning (telephone) chips, even sending malicious software “

Rubén Salazar, director of Etellekt.

During the current electoral process, in which six governorships of Mexico, the formation of a local Congress and municipal presidencies are at stake, a total of 85 attacks against politicians were registered, of which 11 were against pre-candidates and candidates, although No fatalities in this segment.

According to the Political Violence Report prepared by Etellekt, it was detailed that, of these 11 attacks, nine were against those who compete or competed as pre-candidates for governorships in the states of Aguascalientes, Hidalgo, Oaxaca and Quintana Roo and only two for deputations. state in Quintana Roo. At the moment in Tamaulipas and Durango no attacks were registered.

The report indicated that the largest number of attacks against politicians in general were recorded in Oaxaca, with a total of 43, followed by Quintana Roo with 16, Tamaulipas with 11, Hidalgo with nine, Durango and Aguascalientes with three, respectively. .

By type of crime, Etellekt mentioned that 21 attacks were considered threats, 14 for Hacking (which is a new modality within the count), 10 for illegal deprivation of liberty, eight as attacks against relatives and seven intentional homicides.

According to the historical base of the risk analysis consultancy, in the last 22 years, a total of 1,271 politicians have been assassinated throughout the country, among them, 144 were aspirants, pre-candidates and candidates for elected office “who in their great majority (81%) pursued municipal positions (mayorships, regidurías and sindicaturas)”.

The other 14% competed for federal deputies and governorships; and the remaining 6%, aspired to federal councils.

No murders were recorded in the candidate segment, however, the situation is different when analyzed in general. The report indicated that of the 85 attacks, there was a balance of seven fatalities, only one of the fatalities was related to the current electoral process, it is an alleged operator of a political party in the state of Tamaulipas, murdered in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon.

“The remaining six victims who lost their lives violently were two former mayors, a former mayoral candidate and two political party activists in the state of Oaxaca, and a former municipal candidate in Quintana Roo who served as an official of the Lázaro Cárdenas City Council, that is, 6 of the 7 victims carried out their political activity at the municipal level, without having any participation in the campaigns for governor in their respective entities”, the document referred.

Espionage

For Rubén Salazar, director of Etellekt, espionage between politicians is one of the consequences that the current electoral process will leave and that he warned will be a trend that will be observed in the electoral processes of 2023 and the presidential one of 2024.

“This year everything that has to do with the illegal intervention of private communications has intensified a lot.

“They are doing it now under the modality of hacking social networks, but there are also other ways of doing it, such as cloning (telephone) chips, even sending malicious software, which is the worst because, if a candidate, a politician clicks to a link sent by WhatsApp, or to your email, practically what the cybercriminal or cyberaggressor does is have control and can monitor all your conversations, calls, everything you do on the cell phone.

The purpose of the wiretaps, Salazar emphasized, is to obtain information from the victims with the aim “of tarnishing their reputation with voters.”

“This situation seems to me to be part of what we are going to see between now and 2024,” he said. (With information from Hector Molina)

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