From drug trafficking to human smuggling and from cybercrime to illegal mining. The Deep Dive podcast takes an in depth look at transnational organized crime investigations from the Global Initiative, drawing on the range of expertise from the GI Network of over 500 experts.
The Fall of EncroChat
In June 2020, EncroChat users received a flurry of panicked messages from the company claiming its encrypted network had been hacked by "government entities". What unravelled was one of the biggest hacks by law enforcement in history and many of its users are alleged organized criminals in Europe.
The hack revealed a litany of criminal behaviour - drug deals and shipments, money laundering and arms trafficking, corrupt police officers, a planning of a murder and even the discovery of a torture chamber, hidden within a shipping container.
This podcast was based on the https://www.vice.com/en/article/3aza95/how-police-took-over-encrochat-hacked (reporting) of https://www.vice.com/en/contributor/joseph-cox (Joseph Cox) at https://www.vice.com/en/section/tech (Motherboard), VICE News.
https://twitter.com/josephfcox (Joseph Cox), Senior Staff Writer at Motherboard, VICE News.
https://twitter.com/Jake_MooreUK (Jake Moore), Cyber Security Specialist at https://www.eset.com/uk/ (ESET).
Edouard Klein, Intelligence-Driven Cybersecurity, https://www.sekoia.fr/ (Sekoia.fr)
https://twitter.com/Tuesdayjaded (Tuesday Reitano), https://globalinitiative.net/profile/tuesday-reitano/ (Deputy Director of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.)
https://www.vice.com/en/article/3aza95/how-police-took-over-encrochat-hacked (How Police Secretly Took Over a Global Phone Network for Organized Crime), Motherboard
https://www.vice.com/en/article/m7jyvx/encrochat-corruption-police (Encrochat Investigation Finds Corrupt Cops Leaking Information to Criminals), Motherboard
https://www.vice.com/en/article/5dz9qx/encrochat-hacked-shutting-down-encrypted-phone (Encrypted Phone Network Says It's Shutting Down After Police Hack, )Motherboard
Europol, https://www.europol.europa.eu/activities-services/main-reports/internet-organised-crime-threat-assessment-iocta-2020 (Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment (iOCTA) 2020 )
Presenter: Jack Meegan-Vickers
https://globalinitiative.net/ (Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime)
Child Sexual Abuse Material, COVID and Technology.
With more people working from home than ever before due to the pandemic,. But another parallel pandemic is taking place, that of online child sexual abuse material which has taken a sharp rise around the world.
In this podcast, we’re discussing Child Online Sexual Abuse (CSAM), COVID and technology.
Presenter(s): https://globalinitiative.net/profile/lucia-bird-ruiz-benitez-de-lugo/ (Lucia Bird Ruiz-Benitez de Lugo) and Jack Meegan-Vickers.
https://www.mnemonic.no/midnightsun2020/fernando-ruiz/ (Fernando Ruiz), Head of Operations at the https://www.europol.europa.eu/about-europol/european-cybercrime-centre-ec3 (European Cybercrime Centre), set up by Europol to co-ordinate crossborder investigations into cybercrime.
http://www.tipheroes.org/amela-efendic/ (Amela Efendic) is the director of the http://www.eurcenter.net/ (European Resource Centre for the Prevention of Trafficking) and head of the https://www.emmaus-international.org/en/ (Bosnia and Herzegovina Office for the International Forum for Solidarity-Emmaus).
https://twitter.com/Judiekaberia?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor (Judie Kaberia) is a fellow of the 2020 https://resiliencefund.globalinitiative.net/ (Resilience Fund of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime.)
GI Research Paper: https://globalinitiative.net/analysis/cyber-tech-organized-crime/ (Transformative Technologies: How digital is changing the landscape of organized crime.)
Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
Under the Shadow: Illicit Economies in Iran
In this podcast, Jack is looking at the latest https://globalinitiative.net/ (Global Initative Against Transnational Organized Crime) report called 'https://globalinitiative.net/analysis/under-the-shadow-illicit-economies-in-iran/ (Under the Shadow: Illicit Economies in Iran)', which looks at how the illicit economy has become intertwined within the licit economy of the Iranian State.
https://twitter.com/alexsoderholm?lang=en (Alexander Soderholm), an international drug policy field researcher with a focus on Iran and the Middle East.
https://twitter.com/katecbauer?lang=en (Katherine Bauer), a Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a former US Treasury official.
https://www.crisisgroup.org/who-we-are/people/naysan-rafati (Naysan Rafati), the Senior Iran analyst at the International Crisis Group
Sign up to the AssassinationWitness campaign https://assassination.globalinitiative.net/ (here).
Extortion in the Northern Triangle
In the Northern Triangle countries of Central America - Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, extortion is so pervasive that it has been called “A way of life”.
The growth in extortion in the region was defined by the expansion of street gangs MS13 and Barrio 18. They have a stranglehold on the countries in which they operate, extorting rich and poor and even international corporations.
The revenue from extortion has provided gangs in the region with a solid economic operating base, and at the same time allowed them to diversify into other criminal enterprises – they are now transnational organized criminal groups.
Presenter: Jack Meegan-Vickers
1. https://twitter.com/gmovma (Guillermo Vazquez del Mercado Almada), https://globalinitiative.net/experts/guillermo-vazquez-del-mercado-almada/ (Senior Analyst, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime)
2. https://www.dialogos.org.gt/node/202 (Evelyn Espinosa), Research Adviser at https://www.dialogos.org.gt/ (Diálogos)
3. https://globalinitiative.net/experts/pamela-ruiz/ (Pamela Ruiz, Consultant at the Coalition for Resilience Project and member of the GI Network of Experts.)
4. https://twitter.com/luciadammert?lang=en (Professor Lucia Dammert), University of Santiago, Chile and https://globalinitiative.net/experts/lucia-dammert/ (member of the GI Network of Experts.)
https://globalinitiative.net/extortion/ (GI Extortion Project)
Paper: https://globalinitiative.net/extortion-in-central-america/ (A Criminal Culture: Extortion in Central America)
Other content available at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime https://globalinitiative.net/ (website).
Transnational Tentacles: Global Hotspots of Balkan Organized Crime.
The Western Balkans is well understood now as an important transit point for the smuggling of drugs, arms and people. But what has been less understood is how over the past few decades, criminal groups within the Western Balkans region and the global diaspora have carved out a place within the very highest echelons of the criminal world.
Paper: https://globalinitiative.net/transnational-tentacles-wb6/ (Transnational Tentacles: Global Hotspots of Balkan Organized Crime.)
https://globalinitiative.net/experts/walter-kemp/ (Walter Kemp), Senior Fellow at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
https://twitter.com/FatjonaMejdini?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor (Fatjona Mejdini), Field Network Coordinator, Balkans at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.
https://twitter.com/susanamorg?lang=en (Susana Morán), investigative journalist in Ecuador specialising in organized crime
https://twitter.com/MandyWiener?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor (Mandy Wiener), journalist, broadcaster and author of Killing Kebble: An Underworld Exposed
Illegal Logging & Organized Crime in Chihuahua, Mexico
https://globalinitiative.net/oc-trafficking-deforestation-mexico/ (People and Forests at Risk: Organized Crime, trafficking in persons and deforestation in Chihuahua, Mexico.)
The highland ranges of the Sierra Madre are cool and temperate forests – with several species of Oak, conifers and a number of pines, and logging is permitted here. But excessive legal and illegal logging is contributing to rapid deforestation.
Organized criminal groups have established their position within the illegal logging trade, with them comes violence, corruption, kidnapping, extortion, displacement of indigenous communities and persecution of environmental and human-rights defenders.
Presenters: https://globalinitiative.net/experts/livia-wagner/ (Livia Wagner) and Jack Meegan-Vickers
https://globalinitiative.net/experts/diana-siller/ (Diana Siller), co-author of the paper and Director of http://jadeorg.com/en/home/ (JADE )(Environmental Justice and human rights in Mexico)
https://twitter.com/jurrunaga (Julia Urrunaga), Environmental Investigation Agency (https://eia-international.org/ (EIA)), an international NGO who investigate forest and environmental crimes.
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