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Spyware’s Odd Targets: Backers of Mexico’s Soda Tax #myprivacyback

February 12, 2017

By: Sikur

Dr. Simón Barquera, the director of nutrition policy at Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health, received disturbing text messages, as did others who were vocal proponents of Mexico’s 2014 soda tax.
Adriana Zehbrauskas for The New York Times
By NICOLE PERLROTH

SAN FRANCISCO — Last summer, Dr. Simón Barquera’s phone started buzzing with a series of disturbing text messages from unknown numbers. One said his daughter had been in a serious accident. Another claimed to be from a friend whose father had died — with a link to funeral details.

Yet another message informed Dr. Barquera, the director of nutrition policy at Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health, that a Mexican news outlet had accused him of negligence, again with a link. And in more menacing messages, someone claimed to be sleeping with Dr. Barquera’s wife. That included a link to what the sender claimed was photo evidence of their affair.

MORE: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/technology/hack-mexico-soda-tax-advocates.html?post_id=1415657668479226_1415658388479154#_=_

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