‘Hacker influenced outcome of Mexican elections’

Apr

2

2016

The Colombian Andrés Sepúlveda hacker claims that he was paid in 2012 to ensure that a particular candidate would win the Mexican elections. He previously used malware to monitor opponents and put Twitter bots.

Sepúlveda is currently in prison for carrying out hacks during the presidential elections in Colombia in 2014 and told his extensive story on Bloomberg. In it, he claims that he received in 2012 an amount of $ 600,000 to influence the outcome of the Mexican elections, which is converted 527,000 euro. He should strive to have ensured that candidate Peña Nieto came out as the winner. His budget would come from a political consultant from Venezuela, operating from Miami.

The money he then continued to gather a team of hackers and infect the computers and phones of the parties of political opponents with malware. Therefore he had access to agendas and speeches at the time they were written. He also had access to BlackBerry, Apple and Android phones using Russian software, which he claims to have bought it for 44,000 euros converted.

Another part of his budget would have used Sepúlveda to purchase a number of Twitter accounts that were at least one year old. This he used to influence opinions on important issues such as drug violence. He also had access to a small army of 30,000 Twitter bots, which he could create trending topics. Another claim is that he tens of thousands of voters in a key constituency at three o’clock in the morning with prerecorded messages called in the name of a political opponent to inflict damage.

The operations in Mexico would only be a small part of the contracts, which conducted the Colombian in South America.

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