[ISN] Arrest of Interpol official sparks security breach concerns

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 02:22:03 -0600 (CST)

Nov 19, 2008

A vicious turf war between drug cartels and Mexican authorities that has 
left as many as 4,300 dead so far this year may have caused a breach in 
the internal security systems of Interpol, the international police 

Interpol, which is based in France, announced Wednesday it is sending a 
team of investigators to Mexico to investigate the possibility that its 
communications systems and databases are not being used for legitimate 
law enforcement purposes. The prospect was raised after the arrest of 
the top official working with the agency in the country.

Ricardo Gutierrez Vargas, director for International Police Affairs at 
Mexico's Federal Investigative Agency and the head of Mexico's Interpol 
office, was placed under house arrest Sunday, the attorney general's 
office said Tuesday.

More than 30 officials have been arrested since July in connection with 
the anti-corruption Operation Limpieza, an ongoing investigation into 
information leaks by law enforcement officials to drug traffickers, said 
Niverda Amado, a government press secretary in Mexico City.


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