16 Oct 2020

Covid-19, Gangs, and Conflict

The Coronavirus pandemic is fueling conflict and fostering extremism while concurrently empowering gangs, cartels, and mafias in their quest for power and profit. In COVID-19, Gangs, and Conflict, OODA Network Experts John P. Sullivan and Robert J. Bunker bring together a curated collection of both new and previously published material to explore the trends and potentials of the global pandemic emergency. Topics include an exploration of proto-statemaking by criminal groups, the interaction of pandemics and conflict, as well as a comparison of gangs, criminal cartels, and mafias exploiting the crisis and exerting criminal governance in Brazil, El Salvador, Mexico, Colombia, and South Africa. Implications for national security, biosecurity, slums, transnational organized crime, and threats and opportunities in the contested pandemic space are assessed.

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13 Oct 2020

Live facial recognition is tracking kids suspected of being criminals in Buenos Aires

In Argentina, an extensive facial recognition tracking minors suspected of being criminals has been uncovered, with security professionals calling it the first of its kind. Tens of thousands of entries and targets contain personal details such as names, birthdays, national IDs of minors suspected of crimes. The youngest alleged offender

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24 Sep 2020

Wave of massacres signals new chapter in Colombia’s conflict

Recent attacks on a small gathering in Columbia signifies renewed conflict and a rising tide of violence as the country struggles to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic economically and politically. Over the weekend, two massacres on Columbian citizens occurred, one involving six casualties, and one in Narino killing four. According

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02 Jul 2020

Hundreds arrested as crime chat network cracked

According to the National Crime Agency, a top-secret communications system used by criminals to trade weapons and drugs has been penetrated by law enforcement. Major crime figures were among 746 people arrested as a result of the platform being compromised by officials. The messages on EncroChat were intercepted and decoded,

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02 Jan 2020

Seoul to install AI cameras for crime detection

Within the next year, the South Korean government plans to install 3,000 artificial intelligence cameras that detect crime in its capital, Seoul. The cameras will utilize AI software that processes the location, time, and behavior patterns of individuals to assess the likelihood of a crime taking place. The cameras’ capabilities

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02 May 2019

NASA Says $700 Million in Rocket Failures Caused by Fraudster Company

Subpar aluminum parts manufactured by Sapa Profiles, Inc. (SPI) led to the failure of two NASA satellite launches in 2009 and 2011, resulting in losses of $700 million, the US space agency stated[pdf] on Tuesday. SPI tried to hide the poor quality of the aluminum parts it supplied to NASA

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02 Apr 2019

Terrorist Use of Cryptocurrencies – Technical and Organizational Barriers and Future Threats

New research by RAND’s National Security Research Division (NSRD) scrutinizes the use of cryptocurrencies in the context of terrorist activities. While it is not currently viable for terrorist groups to exclusively rely on cryptocurrencies for their financial transactions, the researchers believe that this may change in the future. The study

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04 Mar 2019

Dow Jones Partner Leaks Global Watchlist Data

A security researcher has come across an unsecured Elasticsearch database that left 2.4 million sensitive records totaling 4.4GB exposed to the internet. The records are part of the Dow Jones Watchlist, which contains sensitive information on shady companies and individuals with links to organized crime and terrorist networks. Even though

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05 Jun 2018

Police’s turn to small genealogy website to solve crimes

GEDmatch, a small, free genealogy website operated by two men in their 60s and 70s has become a go-to tool for police after it was revealed to be the tool used to capture California’s “Golden State Killer.” Its use has also set off a series of discussions and legal questions

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