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newsletter The Corporate Security Newsletter of Whirlpool Mexico

Issue No. 37 10/2013

newsletter October 2013

Relevant Incidents Nuevo Leon A 20-year-old man in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey has admitted to killing 45 people, and is being investigated for 34 more, officials said on Thursday. Juan Pablo Vazquez was caught earlier this month in Monterrey where he was allegedly selling drugs. Vazquez, who said he was part of an unidentified local organized crime group, has already admitted being behind 45 killings and "is related to at least 79 murders, most of them committed in 2012,"

DF & Estado de Mexico Riot police have clashed with protesters in Mexico City during a demonstration commemorating the 45th anniversary of a student massacre. Protesters, some of them masked, threw firebombs, bottles and rocks at police who battled to disperse the crowd. At least 40 people were injured, Mexico's El Universal newspaper reported. The rally marked the anniversary of the 1968 killings of student protesters in Tlatelolco Square. Robbers killed a woman and injured her male companion in Mexico City's Tlalpan Borough on October 7th. According to reports, the victims were entering a car outside of a coffee shop when three men attempted to steal the vehicle and shot them.

An explosion at an aerosol factory on the corner of Campesinos and Maiz streets in the Valle del Sur neighborhood, located in the southern region of Mexico City's metropolitan area, occurred shortly on October 18th . At least 23 people were injured. The impact of the explosion was limited to the immediate surroundings of the building, which authorities blocked off. Investigations indicate a short circuit caused the explosion.

Jalisco Four gunmen died in a suspected shootout between rival criminal organizations near the Jalisco-Michoacan border on October 3rd. Officials report that the gunfight took place between the municipalities of Sahuayo, Michoacan and Mazamitla, Jalisco. In the western state of Jalisco, three police officers and four suspected drug gang members died in a shootout in the town of Tepatitlan on October 8th. The suspected gang members holed up in a house and tossed hand grenades at police after the suspects were spotted using drugs on a nearby street. Soldiers arrived to help secure the area.

Guanajuato Mexican authorities arrested 39 employees of state-run oil monopoly Pemex while they were stealing oil from its Salamanca refinery in the central state of Guanajuato. Salamanca is located 30 minutes away from Celaya. The employees were arrested along with nine tanker truck drivers who were not employed by Pemex in a joint operation by the military and Mexican attorney general's organized crime unit that targeted theft. Crude oil theft at Pemex amounts to as much as 10,000 barrels per day (bpd) and has been rising by nearly a third annually, a top official estimated in June.

Border with US Tamaulipas Officials announced on October 1st, that police rescued 73 kidnapped migrants from a house in Reynosa, Tamaulipas. According to reports, most of the victims were Mexican nationals, while the others were from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Members of the kidnapping ring abducted many of the migrants from bus stations or after robbing a bus in transit. They held some of the migrants for up to four months while demanding ransom payments from the victims' families. Police arrested three suspects and seized about 700 rounds of ammunition and 10,000 kg (22,046 lbs) of illicit narcotics during the rescue operation downtown Nuevo Laredo in the early hours of May 24th. 3 individuals were apprehended in connection with the attacks by military forces later that morning.

Other News

MEXICO Mexico ratified the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on September 2013, and must now follow the regulations set forth by the treaty, which include establishing measures to prevent guns from entering the illegal market. Secretary of Foreign Relations José Antonio Meade reiterated that with its ratification Mexico aims to be responsible and will promote the treaty’s ratification abroad. On September 29th , the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) reported that one in every three Mexican households was affected by crime in 2012; an increase of 16.9 percent from 2011. INEGI’s official survey also indicated that 92.1 percent of offenses were unreported or uninvestigated, a figure up from 91.6 percent in 2011.

Cyber Crime in Mexico A report by the internet security firm Norton estimates cyber crime costs to Mexico are nearly double what they were in 2011, highlighting the country’s status as a regional hub for online crime while the government struggles to keep up with evolving technology.

In its annual survey, Norton says Mexicans surveyed reported cyber crime costs had reached $3 billion, up from $1.8 billion when the same survey was done in 2011. In contrast, Brazil´s costs went from $15 billion to $8 billion in the same time period.

At least one Mexican official confirmed the trend. Rafael Estrada Michel, director of the National Institute of Penal Sciences said that cyber crimes were now generating more criminal complaints than those associated with piracy or drug trafficking. Cyber crime cost a total of $113 billion across the world and affected 378 million people between July 2012 and July 2013, Norton said. Hacking, scams, fraud and theft are the most widespread crimes, the company reported. Cyber crime offers high profits with low risk, and Latin American organizations have been quick to jump on board. Cyber crime was reported to cost banks in the region billion in annually in 2011 and over half of Latin American companies reported cyber attacks in 2012. In Mexico, the combination of rampant organized crime and high levels of internet connectivity led the country to quickly become a global hub for cyber crime. The country is reported to rank 8th in the world for cases of identity theft and to be the world’s largest distributor of child pornography. The fact that $3 billion of $110 billion in cyber crime costs globally originated from Mexico in 2012 illustrates the extent of the problem. While Mexican organized crime is not thought to be directly involved in child pornography, the internet has become a very important tool for gangs, which use social media and YouTube to target kidnap victims, intimidate people, keep tabs on members and promote themselves. Mexican security officials have pledged to fight cyber crime within their borders. However, cases like a recent security breach credited to hacker group Anonymous have highlighted institutional weaknesses in combating the rapid growth of the activity. A study commissioned by the Organization of American States released earlier this year warned Latin American governments were failing to keep up with criminals' use of technology.

Security is everyone’s responsibility

Luis Fernando Flores // Corporate Security Senior Manager – Mexico //

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