The Cartels’ Fondness for the Internet

first_imgBy Dialogo June 01, 2012 Drug-trafficking cartels are increasingly using internet technology to improve their communication, evade law-enforcement operations, and recruit young people, but their tracks on the net could be used to combat them, officials responsible for the fight against drugs said at a meeting in Cancún, Mexico. Groups such as the Los Zetas cartel, made up of military personnel who deserted to work with drug traffickers, and the Pacific organization, led by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, considered the most powerful Mexican drug boss, habitually turn to social networks, and not only in order to frighten their enemies with videos of executions, a common practice in recent years. Young people between 14 and 20 years old arrested in the United States have admitted that they were contacted on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter by Los Zetas liaisons, who then involved them in activities such as transporting contraband across the border or even working as gunmen. A report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) indicated in late 2011 that the cartels also “spy on their members on social networks, in order to obtain information,” about family members, for example, that they can use in case of desertion. Groups such as Los Zetas also retain the services of hackers, who can access the addresses, telephone numbers, and even bank statements or credit-card statements of possible victims of extortion or kidnapping, the same document maintains. The report was among the texts analyzed by experts from 20 countries who gathered in the Mexican beach resort of Cancún to begin designing a hemispheric strategy targeting organized crime that was mandated by the recent Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, and is supposed to be ready by the end of the year. One of the aims of that strategy is to find mechanisms for filtering crime-related information that can be obtained on the internet, and making it useful for designing operations. “Greater collaboration in the area of real-time information exchange is necessary in order to carry out more effective operations,” General Oscar Naranjo of the Colombian Police stressed in Cancún. After more than 34 years of activity, including resounding blows struck against his country’s cartels, Naranjo – who will retire this month in order to take a post as an advisor to the Mexican government – said that just as criminals take advantage of technology, the authorities should do the same. In 2011, the Mexican Navy dismantled a communications network maintained by Los Zetas in the Mexican port of Veracruz that enabled them to connect their cells on land with vessels transporting contraband cocaine. An example of the way in which the authorities could make use of information obtained in cyberspace is geo-tagging, which makes it possible to use photos or data obtained from mobile phones or computers to locate criminals. The U.S. consulting firm Southern Pulse developed an interactive map, with changing information, showing gangs linked to drug trafficking in the Mexican city of Monterrey, their areas of activity, and possible mobilizations. Introducing a report about Mexico this week, Southern Pulse’s director warned that just as there is a “connection between organized crime and local hacker cells,” governments should have “an organized and secure approach” to accessing information available in cyberspace.last_img read more

Serena and Murray headline day four of US Open

first_imgMurray will then take to the famous court to try to progress into round three at the expense of 15th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada.The Scotsman came back from two sets down to win a thrilling five-set match first-round match against Japan’s 49th-ranked Yoshihito Nishioka on Tuesday.Murray is playing in the singles at a Grand Slam for the first time since a first-round exit at the Australian Open in 2019.The 33-year-old is trying to rebuild his injury-ravaged career with a new metal hip that was installed last year. Serena Williams and Andy Murray are back in action on day four at the US Open in New York on Thursday.Williams, the tournament’s third seed, continues her bid for a record-equaling 24th singles Grand Slam against unseeded Russian Margarita Gasparyan.The second-round match kicks off the evening session inside the main Arthur Ashe Stadium. Topics :center_img Williams’ chances of matching Margaret Court’s record for the all-time number of Grand Slam singles titles were handed a boost on Wednesday when top seed Karolina Pliskova tumbled out of the tournament.The Czech was stunned in straight sets by France’s world number 50 Caroline Garcia.The women’s draw is missing a host of top players, either because of coronavirus fears or through injury, including top-ranked Ashleigh Barty and Simona Halep.It has been more than three years since Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam title at the 2017 Australian Open — when she was already pregnant with daughter Olympia.The 38-year-old has come close since, reaching four major finals only to come away empty handed.Also on court Thursday is second seed Sofia Kenin who plays Canada’s Leylah Fernandez for a place in the third round.In the men’s draw second seed Dominic Thiem of Austria goes up against Sumit Nagal, who is the first Indian man since 2013 to reach the second round of a Grand Slam.Third see Daniil Medvedev is also gunning for a spot in the third round Thursday, taking on Australia’s 116th-ranked Christoper O’Connell.last_img read more

Montreal Canadiens’ Ilya Kovalchuk pumped after scoring OT winner vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

first_imgWith all seven of Canada’s teams in action on “Hockey Day in Canada,” it was one of the newest players north of the border that stole the show in an overtime thriller between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.Knotted at one score apiece, the Canadian rivals headed to a 3-on-3 overtime period with Ilya Kovalchuk emerging as the hero in front of the home fans at the Bell Centre. TRADE RUMORS: Chris Kreider | Alexandar Georgiev | Jason Zucker |Brenden DillonIt started — as many overtime rushes do — with a save at the other end of the ice, courtesy of Carey Price. Pushing the puck off his blocker to center ice, Nick Suzuki grabbed the rubber disk and headed for the net, all alone. Newly-acquired Toronto goalie Jack Campbell, who is filling in for the injured Frederik Andersen, poked the puck away, but straight to a trailing Kovalchuk who made no doubt about it, sending it to the back of the net and commencing mayhem in Montreal.Ilya Kovalchuk marque le but gagnant @EASportsNHL 3 contre 3! Encore.Ilya Kovalchuk with the @EASportsNHL 3-on-3 winner! Again.#GoHabsGo | #HockeyIsForEveryone pic.twitter.com/JMA1ThY4Uy— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) February 9, 2020Kovalchuk’s tally put him in sole possession of third place on the all-time, regular-season overtime goal list with 17, trailing only Alex Ovechkin (23) and Jaromir Jagr (19).Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 17th career regular-season overtime goal – third most in NHL history behind Alex Ovechkin (23) and Jaromir Jagr (19). https://t.co/wN52nCfAL9 #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/Ak0js3AePo— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 9, 2020Pumping his fist, flailing his arms and screaming until his face was as red as his sweater, Kovalchuk was pumped. He brought that energy back to the locker room, as well.INJURY UPDATES: Shea Weber | Mark Giordano Il-YEAH Kovalchuk 🗣️#GoHabsGo | #HockeyIsForEveryone pic.twitter.com/zhiSlhlhX3— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) February 9, 2020After being released by the Los Angeles Kings earlier this season, Kovalchuk signed a one-year deal with the Habs and has felt a resurgence since moving to Quebec. In 17 games with the Kings this season, the forward had just three goals and six helpers but in 15 games with a better Habs team, he has 12 points (six goals, six assists).His name has been tossed around in trade talks, but if Kovalchuk can produce offense and the Canadiens can keep their playoff hopes alive, his $700,000 deal starts to look even more favorable to Montreal the longer their season goes and the more points No. 17 racks up. Currently, the Canadiens (61 points) sit five points behind the Maple Leafs (66) for an Atlantic Division playoff spot and six points out of the second Eastern Conference wild card, currently held by the Philadelphia Flyers (67).Welcome to the rivalry, Ilya.last_img read more