Zapatista supporters hack government page MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Experts at virtual war, supporters of Mexico's Zapatista rebels have hacked into a government home page on the Internet and defaced it with anti-government propaganda. The home page for Mexico's Finance Ministry (http://www.shcp.gob.mx) appeared on Wednesday plastered with pictures of the rebels' revolutionary namesake Emiliano Zapata. ``We're watching you, big brother!'' one part of the message read in an ironic reversal of George Orwell's famous phrase warning of government excess. The phrase ``X-ploit'' appeared beneath a giant yellow face. A ``parental advisory'' sticker similar to those found on explicit rock-and-roll records was pasted nearby. Officials at the ministry could not be reached for comment. ``We belong to no group, we do not belong to the Zapatista Army for National Liberation, but we are expressing our free expression as Mexicans,'' said the message, followed by the sign-off ``Zapatista Army for National Liberation.'' The Zapatistas, who launched a brief rebellion in early 1994, pioneered use of the Internet by a guerrilla group, creating a home page to encourage international support. The page can be found on http://www.ezln.org. Led by the charismatic, pipe-smoking Marcos, the rebels fighting for Indian rights and democracy have been locked in fruitless peace talks with the government for more than four years. A tenuous cease-fire has held. [INLINE] [INLINE] Return to top[ISMAP]-This image allows you to access site resources 1997 - 1998 Mercury Center. The information you receive online from Mercury Center is protected by the copyright laws of the United States. The copyright laws prohibit any copying, redistributing, retransmitting, or repurposing of any copyright-protected material.
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