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More Details on the Mexico Massacre

  Here is a recent article about the current investigation into the massacre of 72 migrants by the Zetas Cartel along the Mexican American border that was touched on in my prior posts. Take a look.  

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Lead Investigator Found Dead

  As a sad update to my prior post, the missing lead investigator in the case of a recent mass murder along the Mexican American border was found dead according to recent reports. His name does not yet seem to have been released. More details are available from the Guardian.  

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Willful Blindness: The Story of US Banks Enabling Violent Drug Cartels to Launder Money

Not that this should be a total shock, but our banking system has played a large role in the livelihood of the violent drug cartels that are wreaking havoc along our border. Several banks, including Wachovia, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo have been implicated. Wachovia alone has admitted to mishandling $378.7 billion in illicit funds from 2004-2007, that's one third of Mexico's current GDP! For a good write up on the subject, check out Bloomberg. And as a footnote, the lead investigator of...

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The Life of Russian Hacking Networks

In an interesting New York Times article, the author examines the basic functions of Russian cyber criminal networks and why they often go unpunished. Here are a few quotes:  Law enforcement groups in Russia have been reluctant to pursue these talented authors of Internet fraud, for reasons, security experts say, of incompetence, corruption or national pride. Underscoring the nationalistic tone of much of Russian computer crime, one site [hacker site that exchanged credit card numbers to ai...

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Net Neutrality in Jeopardy, DC Appellate Court Rules against FCC, Issue Far from Settled

  In an order published this morning, available by clicking on the title of this post or the link posted at the end, the D.C. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) lacked the power to mandate Comcast's network management practices, including the FCC's prohibition against Comcast's throttling of BitTorent traffic. The thirty-six page opinion was authored by Judge David S. Tatel who was joined by Judge A. Raymond Randolph and Chief Judge David B...

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The Sands Macau and Triad Henchmen

  In an exciting story pulled from the leaves of a crime thriller paperback, we have news from Las Vegas, by way of Macau. From the city that pioneered the casino, violent organized criminals strike again. This time hailing from the east.   Macau, an island off the cost of Hong Kong, is a vibrant city of industry and entertainment. Five men were convicted of crimes in a Hong Kong court last year stemming from a plot to punish, and kill, a dealer from the Sands Macau casino. The perpetrators...

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Asia's Largest Oil Refiner, Sinopec, Claims Daimler Paid Bribes

In an interesting use of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), a state run refinery group, claims that Daimler AG paid bribes to one of its staff. An interesting move for a company that could be potentially liable for soliciting bribes if charges were filed in the US.   As the article below notes, this was part of a wider investigation of bribery charges against Daimler by the United States Department of Justice. Potentially, US prose...

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Education and the Future of US Cybersecurity

In a great article by Ben Bain at GCN, he stresses the need for an improved educational system to better prepare students for future cyber-security threats. Here is the article: "Strengthening education in science, technology, engineering and math is crucial to U.S. cybersecurity efforts, a senior Homeland Security Department official said today. Richard Marshall, director of global cybersecurity management in the Homeland Security Department’s National Cybersecurity Division, said improvi...

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Good Morning Hong Kong: No Censorship of Google for Chinese Users

  The day after Google removed from China to Hong Kong, we already have confirmation that Hong Kong will not assist China in censoring Google's search results, even though the results will be available to Chinese users. Here is a synopsis from BusinessWeek:  "Hong Kong says it won’t help China censor Google Inc., after the search engine provider said it would route mainland users through its site in the city. Hong Kong respects freedom of information and its free flow, a spokesman for th...

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The Great Google Compromise

Well Google is leaving China, sort of. Here's the story from Mercury News: "Google Inc. will shift its search engine for China off the mainland but won't shut it down altogether, and it will maintain other operations in the country. It's an attempt to balance its stance against censorship with its desire to profit from an explosively growing Internet market. On Monday afternoon, visitors to Google.cn were being redirected to Google's Chinese-language service based in Hong Kong. The page said...

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