Latin America Hackers Rattle Peru's Cabinet With Stolen Emails

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LIMA, Peru — The latest stunt of Peruvian hackers who have broken into a string of government networks in several countries may be their most consequential.

Emails that the LulzSecPeru hackers stole from the Peruvian Council of Ministers' network and dumped online last month fueled accusations that top Cabinet ministers have acted more like industry lobbyists than public servants. They helped precipitate a no-confidence vote last week that the Cabinet barely survived.

They dumped online an estimated 3,500 emails of then-Prime Minister Rene Cornejo.

The hackers are a homegrown version of the U.S. and U.K-based LulzSec "black hat" hacker collective that grew out of the Anonymous movement. They are believed to be two young men.

While police pressure and arrests have diminished or driven a lot of "hacktivism" from the U.S. and western Europe underground, hackers in Latin America "never really stopped," said Gabriella Coleman, an anthropologist at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada.

Of them, LulzSecPeru is widely considered the region's most skillful and accomplished hacktivist team, said Camilo Galdos, a Peruvian digital security expert.



--The Associated Press