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three gangs – known as Air It Out, True Money Gang and Whoade on Facebook?

125th Street in East Harlem, NYC, between Park...

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Street gangs in the midst of turf battles may want to rethink their Facebook privacy settings. New York officials who announced the indictment of 63 members of three rival street gangs say messages posted to social media were critical as evidence.

The three gangs – known as Air It Out, True Money Gang and Whoade – began a tit-for-tat series of violent reprisals in New York’s East Harlem section following the 2009 shooting of three members of True Money Gang, which resulted in one fatality. Over the next three years, the three gangs were linked to at least 10 additional shootings and two additional homicides.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly credited the city’s monitoring of social media channels like Facebook in successfully launching the indictments of what are referred to as three of Manhattan’s most violent gangs.

Social media remains a double-edged sword in our crime-fighting strategies. It is used by crew members to brag about past crimes, taunt rivals and incite violence. On the other hand, we use social media to document past crimes and intercept new ones being talked about openly by crew members on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.”

According to the documents released by the NYPD and the District Attorney’s office, hundreds of Facebook and Twitter posts, text messages, cell phone videos and calls made from the Rikers Correctional Facility provided evidence of gang members plotting deadly assaults on their rivals.

Surprisingly, members of the gangs were fairly open in communicating with one another over open channels, coordinating firearms trafficking as well as warning one another of potential police action. And though gang members used code when communicating with one another, the language was simple enough for the NYPD to pick apart and decipher.

One gang member, for example, was arrested after using a phone while in prison and saying, “I went over there, you know, and played the flute twice,” meaning he had shot someone twice.

The indictment announcement itself shed light onto an otherwise insular world for these gang members, who codify essentially all of their illegal activities:

A gun is a ‘biscuit,’ ‘blamer,’ ‘clickety,’ ‘drum set,’ ‘flocka,’ ‘girlfriend,’ ‘grip,’ a ‘flamingo’ or a ‘sandwich.’

If a member posted needing “electricity for the 2 and 5 train” this meant he was out of ammunition for his .25-caliber pistol.

Cops are ‘boys.’ A shooting is ‘playing the flute,’ ‘popping a bottle’ or ‘dumping it on.’

And murdering someone is ‘rocking them to sleep early.’

The three street gangs operated in close proximity to one another, managing to turn  a ten-block radius of East Harlem into a veritable war zone. One gang member  managed to compare the turf war to exactly that via a Facebook post.

I’m 2 Glocks strapped, rolling down 112th Madison, 116th this is the New Iraq,” one gang member boasted on Facebook.

The indictments follow a three-and-a-half-year investigation by the New York District Attorney’s Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit, which recently dismantled another three Harlem gangs.

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Posted by on 04/06/2013 in Crime!


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Mexico – Malware is spread among Facebook users

The profile is infected with a malware that automatically distributes a message to contacts with the title eleventodelsiglo

FB users malware alert
FB users malware alert

The popularity of Facebook is being used by cybercriminals to spread viruses on the Internet through links that direct users to malicious pages, invitations to events or videos that contain malicious code.

This week began circulating in the social network a spam that invites people to a meeting called “eleventodelsiglo” forwarded from the account of a friend who has been infected.

In Facebook message says: “As I know you will like the idea of living a trip back what you commented. Go into google and search the text: eleventodelsiglo … But the text is all together. The first result is to sign up. I just joined! The decade of the 20, gangsters. “

When the user performs the search and enter the page, the profile is infected with a malware distributing the spam automatically to all contacts with the same message without knowing it.

According to a report by internet security firm ESET, Facebook is vulnerable to spam by design, since users tend to trust the messages they see on the walls of their friends and are not afraid to click on them.

The company said that due to the millions of users who have the social network in the world, has become a multimillion dollar business for cybercriminals, at the ease of spreading viruses.

Above all, because antivirus software only protects from downloading malware, but can not protect the contents of the walls of Facebook, so if you click on a spam message, the person may infect your computer and friends.

The user usually has to like the spam message, answer questions or install a false application requires access to information, which contains malicious code masquerading as a video codec or a message.

“By confirming these actions voluntarily users can infect their computers with malware, above its security software. At the end of this test, the user may or may-not be shown a “shocking video”, which is usually false, “the company said.

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Posted by on 07/11/2012 in Crime!, Internet


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15 bodies found dismembered in Ciudad Mante, South Tamaulipas

15 bodies found dismembered in Ciudad Mante, South Tamaulipas

15 bodies found dismembered in Ciudad Mante, South Tamaulipas

According to unofficial versions they speak of a unit but do not specifically define where the bodies are; 

CIUDAD VICTORIA, June 7. – At least 15 dismembered bodies were abandoned in front of the mayor of Ciudad Mante, South Tamaulipas.

A few moments ago the unfortunate discovery was unveiled and the social networks immediately began to give details on Facebook and Twitter.

According to unofficial versions of the story they speak of a unit which is not specifically detailed where theses bodies are located, they also speak of alleged blankets in which messages are left by a criminal group.

According to the accounts of social networks a man who was parked and the drove the vehicle was heading towards Hidalgo Walking Street one of the most important of the town.

At the scene police attended to military functions of municipal prevention cordoned off the area and its surroundings as well as strengthened surveillance patrols on the site.

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Posted by on 06/08/2012 in Crime!


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street prostitution moves to the Internet

street prostitution moves to the Internet

street prostitution moves to the Internet

The following article is worth a good read and is credited too;Luis Chaparro El Diario de El Paso | 03.31.2012 | 23:36

The prostitution business has gone from the streets of El Paso to the monitors of hundreds of Internet users. Given the ease of operating under a pseudonym and the low probability of being arrested, gangs have found a new workplace more profitable.

Local Authorities and the Sheriff’s Office and the Police Department and the El Paso Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recognize that there is a marked increase in activities related to prostitution on the Internet. Sites openly dedicated to bringing together people with sexual interest, and even the social network Facebook are being used for ‘padrotear’ prostitutes in the city.

On Monday 26 March, the Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of eight sex workers offering their services via the Internet in the County of El Paso, and another who worked with them and was in possession of hallucinogenic substances. The operation was carried out by an undercover agent for several months over the Internet sought sexual encounters with women now in custody. “The agent admitted to multiple pages and easily found on Internet prostitutes.

 Appointments are made at different hotels in El Paso, “said Eileen Lopez, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office. The operation took place between Wednesday 21 and Friday 23 March. Were arrested Anne Carter, 31, Kathryn Carson, 33, Matiya Johnson, 19; Quote Griffis, 20; Eboni Richey, 23, and Jennifer Trevizo, 20, all charged with prostitution, with bail of 500 DOLLAR also were arrested on the same charge and bail of $ 300 Claudia Velasco, 20, and Samantha Lutz, 24. Naomi Moreno, 32, was charged with drug possession and bail set at $ 3,000.

According to a search for identity of the accused by this means, at least seven of them could be originating from the state of Arizona, which could involve interstate network of highly organized prostitution.

However, the authorities have only been able to arrest the prostitutes without Regents to achieve with the site. “com” which is advertised and it is unknown whether a larger network. “Probably the site is still open because it is almost impossible to close the pages on the Internet. It is very difficult to know who is operating the sites and find them to end these networks, “said Lopez.

In addition, sites like “” Twirl-placed force who are listed under services “adults only” to include a notice that says that the meetings are not under any economic exchange, which makes the work of the authorities even more complicated. “In we have seen it advertised and requested prostitutes, but we can not intervene as we would like because they do not advertise only that, but cars, clothes and other things “, she said. “This type of prostitution has not replaced the traditional, but it has gained ground.

The fact is that these prostitutes need access to a computer and Internet and there are some who can not pay. Maybe the Internet price of its services even more expensive, “said sheriff’s spokeswoman.

Research this medium was admitted under a false account site to verify the version of the authorities and figure out how to operate prostitution. Only enter the site under the heading of ‘Personals’ are links to different types of offerings like “Man seeking Woman,” “Woman seeking Man”, “Casual Encounters” and others. Once one of these paragraphs, gives notice that you agree to be 18 years, and can be found with adult content, it is understood that prohibits any violation of the terms of use of Craigslist, among which include the prohibition of sexual services for profit-and that Craigslist disclaims any liability that may occur during use of the site.

One of the users, who did not provide the identity for security reasons, was described as an athletic young woman, “prepared oral sex.  “The user asked to be contacted by mail and provided an address as a Craigslist user” I stand on the west side of the city,” he said. When contacted, the alleged user demanded a photograph, which is sent with a false identity to protect the reporter. Over time they agreed to a meeting at a motel on the west side of El Paso and said there would be where you would specify the amount and form of payment per hour.

The reporter did not attend the event for safety reasons and lost contact with the alleged user. Encounters occur in although in previous years the site said to remove the section on adults, precisely for this reason. Harden coordination in an attempt to combat this dark business, Texas police departments have strengthened coordination with other police forces and center child advocates in the state and national level.

Many times the agents of a city have to execute the warrants of arrest in others. They must also be able to share quickly between different instances information about the case and the suspect. “We have invested heavily in new technology to make up with these people.

There is a palpable increase in Internet crimes and we work together, all the agencies here have received training and purchased technology, “said Lopez. The Sheriff, FBI and police, are working to arrest those persons responsible, “he added. Systems for Human Trafficking Report, designed in 2007 under the auspices of the Department of Justice, was 2,515 suspected incidents of human trafficking surveyed nationwide between January 2008 and June 2010-about 80 percent of which were related to commercial sex and forced labor.

Given the difficult situation, Lopez appealed to civil society to end such practices.

 “We need to let you know, people who go online stop to ask for such services. It can be very dangerous you never know who is at the other end. Furthermore, by simply entering a site you have become involved in the broader investigation being conducted by the authorities, “he said.

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Posted by on 04/02/2012 in Crime!


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Woman held captive Seven Years by her partner and had four children

held captive by her partner and had four children
held captive by her partner and had four children

Seven years held captive by her partner and had four children

Was subjected to physical and psychological abuse, plus it was separated from her offspring, her family contacted her via Facebook

BUENOS AIRES, Feb. 25. – A woman was held captive in Argentina for seven years by her partner, who bore him four children, who subjected her to physical and psychological pain, today confirmed the victim’s family.

The woman, identified as Sophia Encisa, 24, was released Thursday in a police operation conducted in the locality of Guernica, in which her partner was arrested Oscar Roberto Enriquez, 33. “He’s very upset, sad, and shocked.

She wanted to go and not the left. Once she tried to escape and he stabbed her in the buttocks. He beat her unconscious, “said Rocio, the sister of Sofia, Radio 10, Buenos Aires.

Enriquez is charged with alleged illegal deprivation of freedom and holding a woman captive since April 2005. The investigation was initiated by a complaint from the sister Sophia, who had recently made contact Rocio through Facebook.

“Sofia did not go out, and when she did, she was accompanied by her captor. So I could not help. One witness recounted that when they saw her occasionally, she could express in short sentences the situation she was in and asked for help with signs, “said the judicial instructor Germain Di Pascual , in remarks published today by the newspaper La Nacion .

Sequestration rule  Di Pascual said the woman was “never missing” because her family always knew she was with Enriquez and explained that, therefore, “the figure is not kidnapping but illegal deprivation of liberty be doubly aggravated by situations of violence or threats, “a crime that is punishable by two to six years in prison. He said that Sofia had “freedom of movement within the house, but was not allowed to go outside or have contact with others” and “was enclosed under threat of death to her and her children, and was the victim of physical violence and threatened with guns several times.

Dew the victim’s sister, said today that Sofia “lived under constant threat and was psychologically abused” and did not reside with their children, aged 1 and 6 years, because Enriquez had them in another house. “Once I went to the house and (Enriquez) said to me she does not want to see her family. I did not know that my sister was like that. He made me think that she did not want to see the family” said Dew. Even today she is still shaken by her ordeal.

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Posted by on 02/26/2012 in Abused Women, Crime!


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MONTERREY; Drugs sold through social networks

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The young man offered them through social networks like Facebook and Messenger, was arrested by authorities in the municipality of Guadalupe

February 18. – A young man who sold drugs through social networks like Facebook and Messenger was arrested by authorities in the municipality of Guadalupe.

An anonymous complaint was what led to the arrest of this person, who had his home at 145 Avenue of Plutarco Elias Calles, in the division Azteca.

As reported, members of the Department of Public Safety identified the young man, who was arrested along with six others.

The defendant was Alan Garcia Torres, 22 years old, who was six months working on the distribution of the drug. The boy’s mother called: Yolanda Garcia Torres, 45, was also captured.

The detainees were seized with: a bag with a kilo of marijuana, two pills, opium gum, several phones and 830 thousand pesos in cash.

The alleged accomplices of the drug dealer are: Roberto Villanueva Torres, age 23, Jorge Gonzalez Ledezma. Of 30, Aaron Osiel Alpuche Contreras, 23, Noah Diaz de Leon Rodolfo Pedraza, 25 and Daniel Trevino Jose Zavala, 27 were also made available to appropriate authorities

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Posted by on 02/19/2012 in Crime!, Drugs


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Politicizing the Internet!

The Politicalization of the Internet by the USA
The politicization of the Internet by the USA

The mass unrest that destabilized a some Mideast nations in the spring of 2011 was the first real-life demonstration of how powerful a tool the Internet can be in terms of influencing the internal affairs of a sovereign state. Social networks and blog platforms proved a highly efficient means for dispersing information and dispatching voluntary protesters in order to stage rallies and even riots. The American political elite were quick to recognize the new opportunity and use it.

On 16 May 2011, the US administration published a new document on its official website titled The US International Strategy for Cyberspace. The document laid out guidelines for American diplomacy in shaping a US-friendly global media environment using cyber technologies. In essence, the policy document outlined Washington’s new doctrine of media intervention, which emphasizes the Internet as a key component for shaping perceptions worldwide and manipulating global public opinion.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remarked in a public address on 18 May 2011: “Freedom of the Internet is an important priority for us. We want to ensure better protection for privacy through common efforts, and secure the basic freedoms of expression, association and assembly everywhere, including online.”Furthermore, Mrs. Clinton stressed this priority as a new foreign policy imperative for the US Department of State.

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To that end, a special Cyber-security Office was created within the US National Security Staff, headed by a specially-appointed Cyber-security Coordinator, former NSS official Chris Painter.

The new doctrine was tested in Moscow last December, when Facebook, a US-based social network, was actively employed while summoning Russia’s dissenters to rallies in the wake of a parliamentary election. So-called “Team Facebook” essentially distributed appeals to support the opposition in staging anti-government protests in Russian cities. It was by no means accidental that social networks became the main means for preparing and publicizing opposition rallies, with tens of thousands of people manifesting their intention to participate in the protests. Quite tellingly, 70 per cent of them happened to be Facebook users.

It deserves a mention that the Internet was originally conceived and developed in the United States. Its precursor was ARPANET, the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network developed by the Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The punch-line is that the technical facilities for running the Internet are still located in the US – and not just on American territory, but actually under the supervision of US government agencies. The latter are deeply reluctant to hand over this function to any other authority, despite numerous proposals for transferring control of the Internet to the United Nations, tabled at various international meetings by a number of countries including Russia.

The US International Strategy for Cyberspace contains another potentially destructive statement, namely America’s obligation to ensure Internet freedom by creating and maintaining “reliable, safe and secured platforms to ensure freedom of expression and association” for opposition movements in any given country. In plain language, this is an initiative for setting up a parallel Internet, which would be off-limits for any national government except the United States. It is envisaged that users around the globe would be provided access to this “shadownet,” bypassing national provider companies, and thereby exempting data exchange between a user and Washington from any unwanted oversight. The “shadownet” would mark a new stage in the United States’ strategic plan for penetrating the cyberspace and telecom environment of other countries worldwide.

Moreover, the US government intends to issue a “blacklist” of nations that allegedly restrict Internet access for their residents, and subsequently ban US-based telecom companies from doing business with these governments. This is just one of the proposals put forward in a bill titled Promoting Global Internet Freedom, which is currently being debated in US Congress. The Russian Foreign Ministry has already expressed its concern over the draft legislation, denouncing it as “undemocratic.” By advocating unrestrained freedom in the Worldwide Web in its rhetoric, the US is essentially appointing itself a global judge, denying other national governments their right to national legal sovereignty in cyberspace.

To counter the implications of the American bill, Russia, China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have jointly approached the UN General Assembly with a draft resolution titled Rules of Conduct for Ensuring International Cyber-security. These rules provide for respecting national sovereignty, territorial integrity and the political independence of all nations, as well as establishing a multilateral, transparent and democratic mechanism for managing the Internet.

The initiative, however, was blocked by the US delegation.

I am confident that Russia ought to take expedient political and diplomatic measures to protect its national sovereignty in cyberspace from American intervention.

­Prof. Igor Panarin, Doctor of Political Sciences,

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Posted by on 02/05/2012 in Internet, Politics


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