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US IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON JAPAN’S YAKUZA CRIME SYNDICATE – OPED

On Friday, President Obama identified the Japanese crime gang Yakuza as a significant Transnational Criminal Organization as defined in his Executive Order 13581 (Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations) of July 24, 2011. and charged the Treasury Department with pursuing additional sanctions against their members and supporters, according to a Treasury Department report.

Transnational criminals are now more entrepreneurial and sophisticated, and their growing infiltration of licit commerce and economic activity fundamentally threatens the free markets and financial systems that are critical to the stability and efficiency of the global economy, a law enforcement executive who requested anonymity said on Saturday.

CAMORRA: CLAN-ENTERPRENEURS DEALS, 47 ARRESTS IN NAPLES

Naples – The Tax Police is taking 60 provisional measures. The following measures (22 in jail, 25 under home arrests and 13 bans from living in the province) have been taken against a national enterprise, professionals and public employees working in judicial offices in the province of Naples, and members of the Fabbrocino clan. Among the people under arrest, there are also 16 tax court judges. Property has been seized amounting to one billion euros, including current accounts, company shares, financial transactions, land plots, estates and automobiles. . .
(http://www.agi.it/english-version/italy/elenco-notizie/201203190821-cro-ren1006-camorra_clan_enterpreneurs_deals_47_arrests_in_naples)

In Italian:

Riciclaggio,megablitz della Finanza
coinvolti 16 giudici tributari

http://napoli.repubblica.it/cronaca/2012/03/19/news/megablitz_della_finanza_sssssssssss-31794833/

Here the Financial time link

U.S. ACCELERATING CYBERWEAPON RESEARCH

Article from Washington Post is actually a piece on problems. Lead time to develop specific attacks is about a year, which is too long…Also looking at how to attack stuff not connected to the Internet, particularly via wireless.

EU SET UP SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON ORGANISED CRIME

The European Parliament has joined the fight against organised crime, corruption and money laundering by creating a special committee, which has one year to investigate the infiltration of the EU’s legal economy, public administration and financial systems by organised crime, including mafias, and propose ways to fight it.

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