Hackers Protest Mexican Election Results

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At least 10 official Web sites in Mexico were compromised yesterday by hackers contending that the country's recent presidential election was fraudulent, according to BBC News.

"The hackers - calling themselves Mexican Cyber Protest - targeted websites of political parties, media organisations and government agencies. ... Among the sites targeted were those of the conservative PAN party in Yucatan state and the regional newspaper Los Informantes," BBC News reports.

"'This a peaceful cyber protest,' said a statement posted by the hackers. 'We are not criminals. We are students, workers, and productive Mexicans who are fed up and looking for a way to express our disagreement,'" writes Newser's Mary Papenfuss.

"The sites were replaced with black screen and a message denouncing the recent presidential election in July as fraudulent, also the corruption, drug-related violence and the economy in the country," writes New Europe's Nerea Rial. "They called the President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto an 'imposed president,' saying Mexico's democracy was 'stolen.'"

"The criticism of the presidential election result echoes complaints made by the left-wing runner-up, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who accused Enrique Pena Nieto of buying votes and media coverage," Hackers Media reports. "But last month Mexico's highest electoral court rejected those allegations, saying there was not enough evidence to support them. Enrique Pena Nieto is due to be sworn in as president on 1 December."