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Spy vs. Spy, El Chapo Edition

Joaquín Guzmán Loera loved spyware—and it ultimately did him in.

El Chapo was obsessed with spying on his lovers.

With the help of his IT specialist, the Mexican drug lord would supply them with what he called his “special phones”—devices that had been infected with the commercial spyware Flexispy. With that program installed, the phones became surveillance tools for the narcotrafficker born Joaquín Guzmán Loera.

For weeks, jurors in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn have heard evidence against Guzmán, who has been charged with

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