Organized Crime

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CEO Pleads Guilty to Selling Encrypted Phones to Organized Crime

Phantom Secure made custom, encrypted BlackBerry phones and sold them to customers all over the world, including to the Sinaloa cartel, according to prosecutors.
Joseph Cox
10.3.18
Narco Cyber

A ‘Hacker’ Exposed a Mexican Drug Lord, Now He's Trying to Save His Own Life

The computer engineer secretly shot video of the purported heir to Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmán and was reported to be living in the US under government protection. In fact, he’s stuck in Mexico.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Brian Anderson
5.17.17
Cat and Mouse

How to Track a Triad

Two retired superintendents from the Hong Kong police force who spent decades hunting criminal groups left the force to set up their own private security company.
Justin Heifetz​​
2.5.17
mexico

How Drug Cartels Operate Like Silicon Valley Startups

"Maybe the next Steve Jobs is a girl in Oaxaca."
Rory Smith
9.16.16
Features

Bicycles: The Most Ingenious Way to Smuggle Migrants

An excerpt from “The Coyote’s Bicycle,” the new book from borderland journalist Kimball Taylor.
Kimball Taylor
3.1.16
mexico

The CTO for Mexico's Bloodiest Cartel Built a Shadow Network with Two-Way Radios

Jose Luis Del Toro Estrada, the so-called "head of IT" for Los Zetas, did something remarkable: He rewrote the book on criminal enterprise communications with cheap walkie talkies.
Brian Anderson
3.31.14
earth

Mexico Is Finally Trying to Stop Cartel Mineral Smuggling

But will it actually make a slash in organized crime's windfall profits?
Brian Anderson
3.7.14