21 Oct 2022

Cyber-Enabled Crimes Are Biggest Police Concerns

Interpol has released its first ever Global Crime Trend report, listing cyber-related crimes such as ransomware, phishing, and money laundering as the biggest threat to society today. The study was created based on data received from 195 member countries. In addition, Interpol used information and analysis from external sources to

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09 Aug 2022

German diplomat arrested in Brazil for alleged murder of husband

German Consul Uwe Herbert Hahn is currently being held in custody under orders from a Brazilian Judge due to claims that Hahn murdered his husband in Rio de Janeiro. The orders deny defense claims of diplomatic immunity. Rio police took Hahn into custody on Saturday after Walter Henri Maximilien Biot,

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25 Jul 2022

UK Seizes Nearly $27m in Crypto-Assets

The UK National Crime Agency has reported that it seized millions of pounds’ worth of cryptocurrency last year. The announcement was revealed in the latest annual report released by the agency in which it describes its efforts to crack down on money laundering and organized crime. The agency has been

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14 Mar 2022

Saudi Arabia executes 81 men in one day, the biggest mass execution in decades

On Saturday, Saudi Arabia executed 81 men, including one Syrian and seven Yemenis for terrorism and other offenses. This was the biggest mass execution in decades. There were 67 executions reported in Saudi Arabia in all of 2021 and 27 in 2020. Those executed were convincted of crimes including murdering

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17 Dec 2021

Meta launched an investigation after a woman said she was groped by a stranger in the metaverse

Last week, Meta (the umbrella company formerly known as Facebook) opened up access to its virtual-reality social media platform, Horizon Worlds. Early descriptions of the platform make it seem fun and wholesome, drawing comparisons to Minecraft. In Horizon Worlds, up to 20 avatars can get together at a time to

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04 Aug 2021

What One City Hopes to Learn by Pausing Use of Facial Recognition Technology

The Baltimore City Council recently approved legislation that effectively halts the use of facial recognition technology by residents, businesses, and city agencies. The ban is temporary and would be reviewed in the future to reassess whether the technology can be reintroduced into Baltimore. The legislation is expected to be signed

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25 May 2021

IRS Wants Tools for Cracking Crypto Wallets

The IRS wants to create a set of reliable tools and processes for cracking crypto wallets as the purchase of goods and services using the technology becomes more popular. The IRS’s Criminal Investigations division faces difficulties in that cryptocurrencies are harder to trace and therefore do not offer the same

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17 Feb 2021

Dozens Missing in Nigeria’s Latest School Kidnapping

Early this morning, dozens of schoolboys and staff at the Government Science college in the Kagara district of Niger state were kidnapped after gunmen stormed the building. This marks the latest event in a string of high school abductions occurring in the northern states of Nigeria. The event occurred around

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11 Jan 2021

Facebook and Google Earth help probe eco-crimes in the Middle East

Conflict and corruption in the Middle East have a large impact on the environment, although it is difficult to record and punish these crimes. Some crimes include makeshift oil refineries in Syria and the destruction of agriculture or poaching of rare wildlife in Yemen. Open-source intelligence, or information that is

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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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