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Mexico’s $300 million in spyware spending included kickbacks: FIU chief

AP — Mexico’s top anti-money laundering investigator said Wednesday that officials from previous administrations from 2012 to 2018 spent about $300 million in government money to purchase spyware from the Israeli spyware firm NSO Group. The bills for programs like the Pegasus spyware appear to have included… Read More

Israel’s Prime Minister Wants to Create Global Cyber Network Shield

Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett urged other nations to join with his country in building an international platform for defusing cyber attacks. A global cyber shield is the best defense against hackers, Bennett, a former cyber security entrepreneur, said Wednesday at a digital security conference in Tel Aviv. “If you… Read More

‘Bribe Totaling $360m’: Docs Presented by Israeli Billionaire Dan Gertler Embroil Him in One of Biggest Graft Probes Ever

Documents submitted to an arbitration procedure in Israel on behalf of Israeli mining magnate Dan Gertler implicate him in paying as much as $360 million in bribes to officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo, going by a request for legal assistance that Britain’s Serious Fraud Office passed to the… Read More
15th July 2021
U.K. prosecutors have told Swiss authorities they have proof of an alleged money-laundering ring spanning from Africa to Europe that paid almost $380 million in cash bribes to authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Companies repeatedly bribed officials to further their business interests in the mineral-rich nation, according to… Read More
15th July 2021
AP — Federal law enforcement officials said Wednesday that they dismantled a key international cocaine and money-laundering hub in an ongoing investigation that began six years ago in Las Vegas and has involved more than 30 other countries. The top federal prosecutor and the FBI chief in… Read More
12th July 2021
Israel’s National Bureau for Counter Terror Financing (NBCTF) last week released information regarding the seizure of cryptocurrencies which had been transferred to the Hamas organization. The report detailed that this was the first time such a wide variety of cryptocurrencies was seized, as the seizure also included cryptocurrencies other than… Read More
8th July 2021
Argentina’s government has launched a process to sanction a number of foreign firms it accuses of illegally drilling for oil in a disputed area near the British-run Falkland Islands, over which the South American country also claims sovereignty. The country’s energy secretary Darío Martínez told reporters on Wednesday it would… Read More
1st July 2021
An Israeli private detective detained in New York since 2019 on charges of involvement in a hacker-for-hire scheme wants a plea deal, according to a letter filed in court by his lawyer. The unusual case has revealed the impacts of a secretive but thriving cyberespionage industry in India. Federal prosecutors… Read More
29th June 2021
By Zdravko Ljubas, OCCRP, 28 June 2021 OCCRP — French and Israeli police have dismantled a criminal network that is believed to have swindled France out of 12 million euro (US$14.32 million) in COVID-19 unemployment benefits, Europol said in a statement on… Read More
28th May 2021
Julius Baer Group Ltd. will pay almost $80 million to resolve a U.S. probe of its role in the payment of tens of millions of dollars in bribes to leaders of FIFA, the governing body for world soccer. The U.S. charged the Swiss private bank with a money-laundering… Read More
20th May 2021
Some Venmo users are reporting that the PayPal-owned company is preventing them from completing transactions with descriptions mentioning Palestine-related keywords. Venmo’s customer support inquired about a $50 payment one user received that included the description “Emergency Palestinian Relief Fund,” according to a screenshot the user tweeted. Venmo said it… Read More
17th May 2021
While Hamas is launching rockets at Israeli cities and Israel is pulverising Gaza with airstrikes, they are also at war on a very different battlefield. Among the targets Israel has hit in the Gaza Strip are Hamas’s financial offices and five bank branches. Ostensibly these are non-military targets but western… Read More
5th April 2021
Israeli prosecutors accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of treating favours as “currency” on Monday at the opening of a corruption trial which, along with an inconclusive election, has clouded his prospects of remaining in office. Netanyahu, who denies all wrongdoing in the three cases against him, came to Jerusalem District… Read More