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Mexican government accused of illegal phone hacking of citizens

An investigation by Mexican NGOs and a Canadian tech lab has revealed how the Mexican government is illegally targeting the mobile phones of journalists, lawyers and activists to spy on them. R3D, SocialTic, Article 19 and CitizenLab report that the government has been sending malware links to specific individuals' phones, …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jun 2017
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'No password' database error exposes info on 93 million Mexican voters

Information on 93 million Mexican voters has been leaked online. Voter records were exposed as the result of a config error in a MongoDB database that meant that the information was left accessible by anyone who knew where to look. The database – hosted on Amazon AWS – included voters' names, addresses, voter ID numbers, dates …
John Leyden, 25 Apr 2016
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'Self-deleting' Mexican ATM malware let sneaky miscreants slurp cash

Security researchers have lifted the lid on a new ATM malware strain, dubbed GreenDispenser, which gives crooks the ability to walk up to a compromised machine and drain its cash. When installed, GreenDispenser displays an “out of service” message on the ATM – but attackers who enter the correct pin codes can then drain the …
John Leyden, 25 Sep 2015
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Going on holiday? Mexico wants your personal data

European airlines could soon be forced to break citizens’ right to privacy if they want to fly to Mexico. Mexican authorities have decided to implement a "passenger name record" (PNR) scheme from 1 April. PNR data encompasses all the information airlines hold on their passengers – from credit card details, phone numbers and …
Jennifer Baker, 11 Mar 2015
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Mexicans! accuse! Yahoo! of! using! corrupt! judge! to! dodge! $2.7bn! payout!

Yahoo! and its law firm have been sued by two Mexican companies that are accusing them of conspiring to dodge the shock $2.7bn award handed out to them in a 2012 Mexican court case. Worldwide Directories and Ideas Interactivas claim that the Purple Palace and law firm Baker & McKenzie got a senior Mexican judge on their side …

Zuck: Yo, Mexico! My $19bn WhatsApp could connect THREE BEEELLION people

Mark Zuckerberg wore his special altruistic pants on a trip to Mexico on Friday to flaunt his messaging wares in the country, by claiming that WhatsApp could connect up to three billion people globally. He visited President Peña Nieto in Mexico City on what appeared to be a PR mission to help grow Facebook's business in that …
Kelly Fiveash, 6 Sep 2014
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Save Mexico: Stop druglords, violence ... and that DRATTED MOBILE DUOPOLY

Mexico's government was told that next to the country’s endemic level of organised crime and associated violence fuelled by the drug trade, its mobile duopoly was one of the major hindrances to its economic growth. So it decided to act against both. Mexico’s sensational growth in pay TV and telecoms has been distributed …
Faultline, 17 Mar 2014

Mexican drink-driver shopped to cops - by his own gobby parakeet

Cops in Mexico City who pulled over a 49-year-old driver for drink-driving were left in no doubt of the poor chap's state when his pet parakeet sang like a canary. Guillermo "N" was stopped last week at a alcohol checkpoint, cops said, but before he could even get out of the car, a voice from inside trumpeted "Está borracho, …
Lester Haines, 17 Jan 2014
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New leak claim: NSA saw hole in Mexican prez's email box - and hacked it

America's relationship with its nearest southerly neighbor are frostier than before after it was claimed that in May 2010 the NSA conducted an operation dubbed Flatliquid that hacked the contents of the then-Mexican president's inbox. According to documents leaked to Der Spiegel, a division of the NSA dubbed Tailored Access …
Iain Thomson, 22 Oct 2013

Easily picked CD-ROM drive locks let Mexican banditos nick ATM cash

Lax security at Mexican banks has allowed cybercriminals to put their own malware-ridden CDs into ATM machines in order to gain control of the easily-compromised cash machines. The Ploutus malware was installed after "criminals acquired access to the ATM’s CD-ROM drive and inserted a new boot CD into it". The ruse was possible …
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2013
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Notorious Mexican drug kingpin nabbed thanks to drones and spyware

An alleged leader of Mexico's infamous Los Zetas gang was captured last month using a combination of commercial computer spyware, GPS mobile tracking and aerial drones, according to Mexican reports. Miguel Treviño Morales – also known as “Z-40” – was captured by the North American country's marines on 15 July. The US Drug …
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2013
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Yahoo! triumphs! in! $2.75bn! Mexican! standoff!

Yahoo! has said that a Mexican appeals court threw out a $2.75bn ruling against it and Yahoo! Mexico over contracts in the country. Worldwide Directories and Ideas Interactivas won the "non-final judgement" at the end of last year after alleging breach of contract, breach of promise and lost profits from a deal on a yellow …
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Yahoo! comes! out! guns! blazing! to! end! $2.7bn! Mexican! standoff!

Yahoo! isn't worrying about a Mexico City civil court's $2.7bn preliminary judgment against it because it has loads of grounds for appeal, a source insisted. According to those in the know, there were errors in court procedures and in the application of the law that the web firm could use to get the initial ruling overturned …
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John McAfee 'captured'

Fugitive anti-viral figurehead John McAfee has reportedly been captured while trying to cross the border from Belize to Mexico. “We have received an unconfirmed report that John McAfee has been captured at the border of Belize and Mexico,” states a blog post dated December 1st. McAfee has been on the run since being linked to …
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Mexican Zetas ENSLAVING engineers to run crimelords' radio net

Engineers are being kidnapped in Mexico, not for ransom but to build and maintain Los Zetas' radio network, as criminal gangs need reliable connectivity just like everyone else. InSight Crime reports on the spate of kidnappings, which haven't resulted in the usual ransom demands and do seem to have been targeting engineers …
Bill Ray, 2 Nov 2012
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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Haggis pakora v huevos rancheros

It's been more than a month on the salads and with our necks in the fruit bowl for the Special Projects Bureau's elite post-pub nosh deathmatch team, following the mealy pudding v migas clash of titans. We reckon our arteries have recovered sufficiently to make another foray into the calorie-packed world of nourishment …
Lester Haines, 6 Jul 2012
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Mexican election loser and Anonymous say vote was 'fraudulent'

Mexico's defeated leftist presidential candidate has claimed his country's election was "fraudulent", a claim supported by the local chapter of Anonymous. Enrique Peña Nieto, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), declared victory late on Sunday after official results showed he landed 38 per cent of the vote. Andres …
John Leyden, 4 Jul 2012
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Mexico shuts down drug gang's antennas, radios

The Mexican government has shut down a secret mobile network reckoned to be run by one of the country's drug cartels, possibly the ruthless Zetas. Military army troops confiscated 1,400 radios, 2,600 mobile phones, computer equipment, 167 antennas and 166 power supplies including solar panels as part of the operation. The kit …
John Leyden, 5 Dec 2011

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