Assistant U. S. Legal professional Sabrina L. Fève (619) 546-6786    

Information Launch SUMMARY – February 15, 2022

SAN DIEGO – Mexican businessman Carlos Guerrero pleaded responsible in federal court currently, admitting that he conspired to sell and use hacking resources made by personal corporations in Italy, Israel and in other places.

According to courtroom paperwork, Guerrero owned and operated a consortium of U.S. and Mexican corporations and brokered revenue of interception and surveillance equipment to Mexican federal government clients, as nicely as non-public and professional clients. In 2014 and 2015, Guerrero worked largely with an Italian company that marketed hacking gadgets and geolocation applications.  As a result of associations formulated at Guerrero’s way, Guerrero’s company subsequently brokered the sale of interception gadgets and hacking expert services created by Israeli and other companies. 

In 2016 and 2017, for case in point, Guerrero promoted sign jammers, Wi-Fi interception resources, IMSI catchers, and the skill to hack WhatsApp messages to possible clients in the U.S. and Mexico.  Guerrero admitted to being aware of that, in some conditions, his Mexican federal government consumers meant to use the interception machines for political applications, fairly than for legitimate law enforcement purposes.  In a person scenario, he knowingly organized for a Mexican mayor to attain unauthorized obtain to a political rival’s Twitter, Hotmail, and iCloud accounts. Guerrero also admitted that the hacking instruments and technologies he brokered would be employed for industrial and personal needs by private clientele.

For illustration, Guerrero himself utilised the tools to intercept the phone calls of a U.S. rival even though the rival was in each Southern California and Mexico, and Guerrero’s enterprise organized for a big Mexican organization to intercept the cellular phone and e-mail accounts of a Florida-dependent product sales agent in trade for about $25,000.

“Today’s guilty plea assists stem the proliferation of electronic resources applied for repression and advancements the digital security of both U.S. and Mexican citizens,” mentioned U.S. Legal professional Randy Grossman. “This Business is fully commited to disrupting destructive cyber routines and mitigating illegal surveillance.” Grossman thanked the prosecution crew and Homeland Stability Investigations for their fantastic perform on this case.

“With this guilty plea, we are sending a very clear information that providers and individuals who unlawfully violate privacy legal rights will not be tolerated and they will be held accountable,” reported Chad Plantz, Distinctive Agent in Cost for HSI San Diego. “The globe we live in is significantly interconnected by technology meant to increase our life, but as viewed in this circumstance, this same know-how can be obtained by terrible actors with hazardous intentions. HSI and our regulation enforcement associates will continue being committed to bringing to justice those who endeavor to manipulate these platforms for nefarious reasons.”

This circumstance was investigated by Homeland Safety Investigations, with assistance delivered by the Department of Justice’s Computer Criminal offense and Mental Home Area.

DEFENDANT                                   Circumstance Number 22cr0280-JLS                                   

Carlos Guerrero                                  Age: 48                       Chula Vista, CA and Tijuana, Mexico

SUMMARY OF Rates

Conspiracy – Title 18, U.S.C., Segment 371 (to violate 18 U.S.C. §§ 2511(1)(a) and 2512(1)(b))

Maximum penalty: 5 yrs in prison and $250,000 fantastic

Company

Homeland Security Investigations