Mexican Hacker Shot Down in Guadalajara

Mexican Hacker Shot Down in Guadalajara A well-known Mexican computer hacker turned IT security operator, 31-year-old Paul "MegaByte" Robles, was assassinated having been shot five times while at a café in Guadalajara with his father and police are still searching for the offender. There is speculation that his murder could be in response to an educational course he planned to roll out regarding vulnerability of online casinos to hacking and how they could protect themselves.

According to reports, Robles had a bit of an arrogant personality that didn’t go over well and created some enemies. His social media accounts often displayed posts where he boasted about his personal wealth among other things, which triggered loads of comments, not all of them kind, when the news of his death was announced.

In the days leading up to his death, there were threats made against him but they may not have had anything to do with his murder.

Roble started his own IT security company following his days as a hacker. The company, Hacking Mexico, was meant to train agents from Mexico's federal Attorney General's Office and the National Security and Investigation Centre. He became quite well-known in Mexico’s IT industry having spoken at conferences and in interviews.

As successful as his career was, he was the subject of controversy with accusations of bullying and defrauding members of the hacking community and it was believed that his claims of obtaining a Master’s degree were untrue.

One of Robles' employees said that he put on the personality to create controversy and boost exposure for his IT company.
  • I think mostly of us do not understand what a haker is as a person and how he/she thinks but those people are very different from the rest of the world even from the rest of some criminals. A part of them are about distroying anything and the gambling industrie is a good example for nothing good so to say. Still, no-one deserves to die in my opinion. Very sorry for him and his family. A tragedy.
  • I just don't understand how people can put themselves on display, so boldly, giving out their most personal details for any Tom, Dick or Harry that happens to land on that page. I won't even put out a picture of myself. Yea, lets show all the crazies what you look like, so they can easily identify you in a cafe and....... That's sadly, but probably just what happened to that guy. Since he liked to brag about his personal wealth, I'm surprised the killer didn't rob him first, since he was bold enough to shoot him in a public place. I feel for the family, especially his father. I can't think of anything worst than burying a child. I hope the police are successful finding this killer. Maybe it will serve as a wakeup call for all those Social Media Exhibitionists. Go ahead, expose yourself to the world, but beware what you may attract. Too many people on this planet and how many of them are crazy.........
  • Yeah, this is sad. I hope his family & friends find comfort in their memories and the strength of each other during such a tragic time in their lives. I can't imagine witnessing my child murdered, that is so horrific, it gives me chills. :(
  • This is truly sad to read that a person has been killed while being at cafe, and above that the fact his father saw that. What saddening story. And also about threats he received on social media, I don't understand what is happening with people. I've never done anything bad to another person online, although I do think that people often share too much personal info, it can never be a reason for harming someone. I don't know anything else about him, except from this news story, but still it is a sad story.
  • Well it sounds like he could have had some enemies with an interest in maintaining their ability to hack into online casinos. The part about his arrogance resonates for me, because I often notice that social media can bring out the darkest aggressive side of people. I don't know if that might have had to do with his murder, but some comment sections on many a website or blog can be filled with ugly personal insults and rude commentary. I'm so glad I haven't really seen any of that here on LCB.
  • RIP

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