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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released information surrounding the guilty plea of Mexican businessman Carlos Guerrero and his conspiracy to sell and use hacking tools that were manufactured by companies in Italy, Israel, and elsewhere. Guerrero had a bevy of companies that he stood up for this purpose, with the Tijuana-based Elite de Carga being among the most prominent.

Of particular note, according to court documents, which included his plea agreement, Guerrero and a co-conspirator, Daniel Moreno, together in August 2014 met with representatives of “Italian Company A” (believed to be Hacking Team) in San Diego, where the Italians demonstrated their devices and their capability to intercept wireless communications and to geolocate targets of interest. Elite de Carga would sell these capabilities to the Mexican state government of Baja and Durango for what was tacitly understood to be for political as well as law enforcement purposes.

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