Unfortunately, upon logging back online this evening I was met with a bit of bad news. This would be the news that the Anon known as “XeljomundoX,” one of the primary leaders of #OpCatalonia2019, was arrested for their alleged role in advertising and encouraging not just the Catalonian protests which took place this week, but also for their role in encouraging cyber attacks against the Spanish Government with a video shared to social media this past Monday.
As was first reported to me by Anonymous News this afternoon, roughly 5 hours ago, “The former hacktivist arrested again #Anonymous @YourAnonXelj. He was also arrested for cyber attacks on 1-O and they ask him for 11 years in jail. Now accused of spreading a video of which he is not part of the attacks.” On top of that, as was reported by the Spanish news paper El Confidencial today “One of the ‘hackers’ linked to the one known as #OpCatalonia2019, a series of cyberattacks launched this week in protest of the ‘procés’ ruling, has been arrested this morning by the National Police at his home in Tarragona. He is accused of alleged crime of computer damage for being behind a video announcing the cyberattack campaign that occurred as of Monday.”
In case you had not seen it or were curious, here is the video he was arrested for………
Mensaje de #Anonymous para el estado español y el mundo.
Mañana se iniciará oficialmente la #OpCatalonia2019.
We are anonymous. We are one. pic.twitter.com/5K5s7ty1O2
— Xelj 🏴Ⓐ (@YourAnonXelj) October 13, 2019
This is also the second time XeljomudoX has been arrested. They were previously arrested by Spanish authorities earlier this calendar year, in January 2019, following their participation in various international hacking campaigns. Most notably, the hacks and leaks associated with the original #OpCatalonia which took place throughout 2017 and the months/years to follow.
For example, other members of Anonymous put out a video this evening in support of XeljomudoX, stolen video footage detailing the search of Xel’s home and seizure of his computer and social accounts from this past March – lulz……..
— Anonymous🐾🎗️ 🏴 (@YourAnonRiots) October 17, 2019
Additionally, in protest/support of XeljomundoX myself, I sent a private message to his previously seized Twitter account with my DoB, SSN, home phone number and address, telling Spanish National Police “Arrest me you cowards. I will post the video every single day until he is free. Want to arrest someone for a video, now I know the Spanish Government is desperate. Then you wonder why all these people despise and protest you. DO you actually have pride for Spain? Has any country in the world fallen off any more significantly than Spain the last 600 years? You used to own part of the USA, Central America and South America. Now what are you? A shell of your former shelf, lost all your territory, lost your glory. Now your just a single nation with a failing economy, at the bottom end of the EU. What would you even do without the international bailouts? It’s pathetic. Now you try to stop on anyone who speaks negatively of your country? That’s fucking sad. Ask your boy Mussolini how well Fascist approaches worked for him. You will fall, and it’s because of your own actions. Spend half the effort looking into a mirror that you do trying to squash free speech. This is why you are cowards, and why I would love to speak my piece in your shithole country.”
Not unexpectedly, at the time of this article I have not received a response from Spanish authorities, and have no further update on Xel’s situation. Stay tuned.
If you’d like to learn more about this weeks cyber campaign, you can read more here: https://roguemedialabs.wpcomstaging.com/2019/10/15/the-highlights-fallout-damage-from-opcatalonia2019/