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Canadian Company Custom-Made Encrypted Phones for Cartels: FBI

US authorities have arrested the head of a Canadian company that allegedly made millions of dollars selling mobile phones optimized for concealing criminal...
Cyber crime is big business in Latin America
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The Connected Black Market: How the Dark Web Has Empowered LatAm Organized Crime

The global proliferation of internet access has transformed societies, enabling online and financial inclusion in the developing world. But it has also empowered...
Child pornography distributors created a global network using WhatsApp
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Multinational Operation Targets Major Online Child Porn Network

An operation against a child pornography network that spanned at least 18 countries in Europe and Latin America has once again underscored the difficulties of...
Microsoft is opening a cyber security center in Mexico
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Microsoft Opens Cyber Security Center in Mexico City

Microsoft is opening a cyber security center in Mexico City in order to better combat an estimated $4 billion industry, a decision that points to growing concern...
The cost of crime in the region is equivalent to the money spent on infrastructure
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Report Highlights Disproportionate Costs of Crime in LatAm

A report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on the costs of crime and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean shows that while the region has recently...
Cyber theft in Mexico is on the rise
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Mexico Struggling With Widespread Cyber Theft of Personal Data

The cyber theft of personal and business data in Mexico is reportedly increasing, illustrating the limited power that government institutions possess to counter the...
Cybercrime is on the rise in Latin America
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Can Latin American Governments Keep Up With Cyber Criminals?

Extensive reports have repeatedly underlined Latin America’s vulnerability to cybercrime, an Achilles' heel which organized crime is already capitalizing on and...
Cell phone chargers in a Brazilian cab
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Cyber Crooks Expected to Take Gold at Brazil Olympics

Experts are warning about a potential uptick in cyber crime activity in connection with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as high-tech criminals gear up for...
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (right)
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Ecuador Investigates $135 Mn in Latest ALBA Export Scam

Prosecutors in Ecuador are investigating $135 million in suspicious transactions that flowed through a shared virtual currency system with Venezuela, highlighting...
Ecuador released its digital currency in December 2014
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Can Ecuador’s Virtual Currency Deter Money Laundering?

As Ecuador rolls out a cellphone-based digital currency in the coming months, a potential boon for 40 percent of the population without bank accounts, questions...
Cyber crime is a growing security threat in Colombia
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Hacker Network Foiled in $70 Million Bank Heist

A transnational criminal group nearly pulled off a historic cyber-heist of one of Colombia's biggest banks, highlighting how even the most advanced cyber security...
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3 Recommendations for Colombia’s Fight Against Cyber Crime

A report by Colombia's Chamber of Communications lays out several ways the Andean nation -- among the top five Latin American countries in terms of Internet users...