Anastasia Austin

Latin American Governments Easy Prey for Ransomware During COVID-19

BRAZIL / 5 JAN 2022

A recent cyberattack that hit government websites in Brazil, including platforms that track vaccinations and epidemiological data on COVID-19, has stoked concerns about a surge in ransomware attacks on critical…

Panama Unveils Extent of Official Participation in Drug Trafficking

BAGDAD / 9 SEP 2021

As Panama struggles to contain an ever-growing flow of cocaine, a recent operation has revealed the extent to which officials are involved in facilitating the drug trade.

How International Narcos Rebuild Their Lives in Brazil

'NDRANGHETA / 28 MAY 2021

Court cases. Hitmen. Interpol. International drug traffickers sometimes need to get away from it all. Brazil has sought to cater to that elite clientele and their specific requirements: living in…

Argentina Drug Gang Extorts 'Blue Dollar' Sellers

ARGENTINA / 7 JUL 2020

A criminal group in Argentina has found a novel target for extortion: black market currency dealers who are moving large amounts of cash to dollar-hungry Argentines in an economy hit…

New Index Finds Corruption Worsening Across Latin America

BRAZIL / 30 JUN 2020

An index looking at the ability of Latin American countries to combat corruption has highlighted that signs of progress are still few and far between, and the region as a…

4 Ways Microtraffickers are Getting Around Coronavirus Restrictions

ARGENTINA / 12 JUN 2020

Just like many legal enterprises trying to find ways to get their products to customers despite the pandemic, microtraffickers in Latin America have had to adjust to new ways of…

Rift in Bagdad Crime Syndicate Fueling Violence in Panama

BAGDAD / 8 JUN 2020

Homicides in western Panama have surged in a cycle of revenge killings, as one of the country's largest gangs struggles to maintain power and control over increasing drug flows.

Money Laundering Allegations Dog Mexico's Cruz Azul Soccer Club

ELITES AND CRIME / 3 JUN 2020

Although the Mexican soccer league has canceled the rest of its season, one of its most acclaimed clubs has remained in the headlines as three of its directors are being…

Coronavirus Driving Black Market for Medical Equipment in Cuba

CONTRABAND / 21 APR 2020

The theft of thousands of surgical masks in Cuba reveals how the island’s active black market has adapted quickly to the coronavirus pandemic.

Record Seizures of Cocaine Expose Severe Flaws at Uruguay's Main Airport

COCAINE / 10 APR 2020

Over the past year, repeated allegations of weak security and customs checks at Uruguay's main international airport in Montevideo have showcased its important role in the trafficking of drugs to…

Latin America Under Threat of Cybercrime Amid Coronavirus

COLOMBIA / 8 APR 2020

Online scams, ransomware attacks and phishing email schemes have proliferated in Latin America amid the coronavirus pandemic, exposing the dangers hackers pose to people, banks and governments. If the past…

For Ecuador’s Fishermen, 'Vueltas' Rarely End in a Return

COCAINE / 20 MAR 2020

A new report sheds light on US authorities' controversial practice of detaining Ecuadorian fishermen acting as drug mules in international waters and holding them captive on off-shore "prison ships," often…

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Venezuela Drug Trafficking Investigation and InDepth Gender Coverage

29 APR 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime will be publishing The Cocaine Revolution in Venezuela, a groundbreaking investigation into how the Venezuelan government regulates the cocaine trade in the country. An accompanying event,…

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InDepth Coverage of Juan Orlando Hernández

22 APR 2022

Ever since Juan Orlando Hernández was elected president of Honduras in 2014, InSight Crime has provided coverage of every twist and turn during his rollercoaster time in office, amid growing…

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Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution

15 APR 2022

On May 4th, InSight Crime will publish a groundbreaking investigation on drug trafficking in Venezuela. A product of three years of field research across the country, the study uncovers cocaine production in…

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Widespread Coverage of InSight Crime MS13 Investigation

8 APR 2022

In a joint investigation with La Prensa Gráfica, InSight Crime recently revealed that four of the MS13’s foremost leaders had been quietly released from…

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Informing US State Department and European Union

1 APR 2022

InSight Crime Co-director McDermott briefed the US State Department and other international players on the presence of Colombian guerrillas in Venezuela and the implication this has for both nations.  McDermott…