By Duncan Tucker / Vice News
Raúl Robles, a prominent Mexican hacker and cybersecurity expert, was eating breakfast with his father at a quiet café in a leafy neighborhood of Guadalajara when a masked gunman walked in and opened fire.
Robles, 31, was reportedly hit five times and died at the scene. The killer escaped before police arrived.
The Dec. 2 murder has shocked Mexico’s hacker community, but it has also provided a window on a murky world of intense rivalry and mutual sabotage where the death itself was seemingly announced beforehand in an online forum.
Robles — who was known by the pseudonym MegaByte — was the CEO of Hacking Mexico, a cybersecurity firm that claims to provide training for agents from Mexico’s federal Attorney General’s Office and the National Security and Investigation Center. Having founded the company in 2012, Robles went on to become one of Mexico’s best known hackers and would often run hacking courses and give speeches at conferences.
He was a controversial figure who faced accusations of humiliating and defrauding other members of the hacking community.
In an online community characterized by bravado and macho attitudes, Robles also loved to flaunt his apparent wealth by uploading YouTube videos of expensive watches, sports cars and fat stacks of cash. His Twitter profile pronounced his love of “weed, mezcal and oral sex.”