93.4 million Mexican citizens data placed on an unprotected Amazon cloud server!

Yet another data breach has grabbed international headlines, and this one involves the voting registration records of some 93.4 million Mexican citizens. On April 14, Chris Vickery of MacKeeper discovered that he was able to access a tome of information, including names, birth dates, home addresses, ID numbers, and more, all on an unprotected Amazon cloud server. In a blog post, he noted that he immediately contacted both American and Mexican authorities (the U.S. State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Mexican Embassy in Washington), whereupon the database was removed from the public domain eight days later on April 22. In disclosing the enormous breach, Vickery wrote, “In my hands is something dangerous. It is proof that someone moved confidential government data out of Mexico and into the United States. It is a hard drive with 93.4 million downloaded voter registration records — The Mexican voter database.” The database, the security expert says, “was configured purely for public access.” He adds that he has “no clue” as to why. “Under Mexican law, these files are ‘strictly confidential,’ carrying a penalty of up to 12 years in prison for anyone extracting this data from the government for personal gain.” Vickery blogged. And needless to say, this was a serious security meltdown. “This is a significant breach, and what makes it worse is that the data was being held outside of Mexico,” Alex Cruz Farmer, vice president of cloud at security firm Nsfocus told IBTimes UK. He goes on to cite Mexico’s strict data governance rules that require data to be kept within Mexico. If it is exported for any reason, the data owner must have the authority of the data subject before the it can be exported. Amazon Web Services has not yet commented directly on the records, but notes on its website: “While AWS manages security of the cloud, security in the cloud is the responsibility of the customer. Customers retain control of what security they choose to implement to protect their own content, platform, applications, systems and networks, no differently than they would for applications in an on-site datacenter.” For its part, the Mexican government has expressed the seriousness of the offense. “The fact that this database is published to the public, it...

Another Mexican journalist is murdered, this time in Taxco, Guerrero

Another Mexican journalist is murdered, this time in Taxco, Guerrero

Apr 26, 2016

Francisco Pacheco Beltrán journalist, was killed Monday April 25 when he left his home in Taxco de Alarcón, in the Southern state of Guerrero, as it was confirmed by two of the media companies in which he used to work. Pacheco Beltran collaborated with two local newspapers: “El Sol de Acapulco” and “El Foro de Taxco”, in fact, he was one of “El Foro’s” founders. Both newspapers confirmed the death of the reporter and demanded the local authorities to clarify the incident and punish those guilty. According to “El Sol de Acapulco”, the murder occurred around 06:30 am on Monday April 25, when Pacheco Beltrán was coming back home from leaving his daughter at the bus station, he was shot twice right in front of his house, according to witnesses, but the authorities have not provided further details of the homicide. Another of Pacheco’s daughters told a reporter from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) that she and her mother were in their home at the time of the attack. She said they heard two noises which sounded like firecrackers, and upon inspection found the lifeless body of her father near the front door of the house. She told CPJ there was no sign of the perpetrator. Beltran Pacheco is the second contributor to “Organización Editorial Mexicana” (OEM) who is killed this year. Last February a group of armed men kidnapped reporter Anabel Flores Salazar at her home, who covered the police source for the newspaper El Sol de Orizaba, in the state of Veracruz. Her body was found days later with signs of torture in the neighbor state of Puebla. “Pacheco used to cover the police, local politics and tourism sources, being particularly critical of the current administration of Omar Jalil Flores, mayor of Taxco,” declared “Artículo 19” magazine, which also demanded the Attorney General of the State of Guerrero to start the corresponding investigation into the murder. Pacheco also worked for Radio Capital, a national radio station, specifically for the program “Al Instante” where he was the correspondent from Taxco for the last 15 years. In fact, according to the production area of Radio Capital, Pacheco Beltrán sent a recorded insert to be broadcasted today Tuesday April 26, about the dismissal of 20 employees...

$200 million USD to be invested into national oil industry by China and Mexico

$200 million USD to be invested into national oil industry by China and Mexico

Apr 26, 2016

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s private-sector investment arm, and the private equity firm China-Mexico Fund recently announced a $200 million USD investment in Citla Energy, a new Mexican oil company. The IFC said the investment was prompted by the “attractive economic conditions” in Mexico’s energy sector, following a sweeping overhaul in 2013 that ended the nearly 80-year-old monopoly of state-owned oil giant Pemex. The IFC said it would commit $60 million to Citla, and channel the rest from the China-Mexico Fund, a $1.2 billion private equity fund managed by the IFC Asset Management Company. The World Bank unit had some $1.4 billion invested in Mexico as of July 2015, its seventh-biggest investment in the world. Citla Energy is a Mexican independent exploration and production company. With offices in Mexico City and Houston, Citla is an active participant in the opening of the Mexico oil & gas sector, where it seeks to acquire and build a portfolio of selected onshore and offshore assets, both independently and in partnership with other industry participants. Citla was founded last year by ACON Investments, a U.S. investment firm that manages private funds that invest in the United States and Latin America, according to Citla’s website. Citla plans to expand its oil exploration and production in Mexico through awards of bids, acquisitions, and partnerships with other operators, the IFC said in a statement. (Reporting by Adriana Barrera; Writing by Anna Yukhananov; Editing by Jonathan Oatis) Written by:...

The battle for mayor of Mexicali

The battle for mayor of Mexicali

Apr 26, 2016

AAV.- Sistematic order in the campaign of Gustavo Sanchez (PAN); lack of citizen-partisan definition in the campaign of Antonio Magaña (PRI); work and growth of an emerging party in Alcibiades García Lizardi campaign (MC); and a lot of heart and hope in Elvira Luna’s team (PEBC) to defeat Bipartisan hegemony, that has been plaguing this country for almost a century and positioned itself as one of the worst evils of our nation: abuse of power (from many different points of view), commited by the political parties that survive out of tax payers’ money. While Antonio Magaña chose the most representative of Mexican politics evils, to make the leap from television popularity to a quest for the Municipal Presidency, his campaign is messy and does not have much direction, and stigmatized by the PRI’s bad reputation, Magaña could loose his “charm “and popularity, and he does not look like having much chance of victory on June 5th. Gustavo Sanchez continues on the steps of old PAN campaigns of the past: out on the streets every morning shaking hands and handing out panflets, attending working meetings every evening; his campaign shows order and coherence, but he is also questioned by the citizenship, since he represents a political party with almost 30 years in office, that for one reason or another, is “wearing off” politically speaking. Alcibiades García Lizardi and Elvira Luna, each in turn represent a way to fight against the bipartisanship that drowns our country, yet both come from different ends of this political duopoly that has brought ruin and poverty to most of Mexico. However, that does not necessarily reduce their credibility, but they must work hard in this direction if they have expectations. Talking about evil, the PRD, a controversial party in the hands of a thug who is unwilling to let go the little bit of power he has been able to grasp; and has already demonstrated that it he is capable of punching press photographers and even murder whoever gets in his way, the people of Mexicali must be very careful with this man and his group. Finally, the other smaller political parties have people like Kotori, Imelda Arellano and Beatriz Avalos, who...

Olympic flame is lit in Greece, but will it make it to Rio?

Olympic flame is lit in Greece, but will it make it to Rio?

Apr 21, 2016

The countdown to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has kicked up a notch with the official lighting of the Olympic flame and the Rio 2016 torch. The flame, which will travel through Greece for a week before beginning its full journey to Rio, was lit by the sun in the Temple of Hera in Olympia, as per the ancient tradition. A large crowd was gathered to witness Greek actress Katerina Lehou use a parabolic mirror and the heat of the midday sun to ignite the flame. “With huge emotion and energy, we are here today in the Olympia holy land of the Olympic games. The Games start today with the lighting of the flame,” Carlos Nuzman, president of the Rio 2016 organising committee, said. “It’s our honour to lead this dream — the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The first in our country, the first in South America, the first in a different region of the world. “You’ll remember this moment forever, for centuries.” On Wednesday, a “back up” flame was lit in case of poor weather at the official ceremony, but the skies smiled upon the Rio Games with glorious conditions in Olimpia. The torch will now take a brief trip around Greece and Switzerland, before commencing its 90-day journey to Rio and the Maracana, where the cauldron will be lit on August 5. Greek gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias became the first athlete to hold the torch, with Brazilian volleyball champion Giovane Gavio next in line once the Greek leg gets underway. More than 12,000 torchbearers will participate in the flame’s journey from Greece, through Brazil and in to Rio. So the torch will start its 3 moth journey around the world before lighting up the the Olympic flame at legendary Maracaná stadium in Brazil. But the question at this point is, will there be Olympics in Rio this year? Because it’s no secret that Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is in the midst of a stunning fall from grace, and the current crisis began with the largest corruption scandal in Brazil’s history. What’s going on in Brazil? In mid-2013, Brazilian police detained a money launderer named Alberto Youssef, who had been arrested nine times before, on...