In Brazil, your internet provider may well be the mafia, police say

People and documents describe a brazen takeover of Internet services in dozens of neighborhoods in major Brazilian cities by companies linked to suspected criminals who are not afraid to use violence and intimidation to drive out their competitors.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Reuters) Last year, as Rio de Janeiro residents holed up in their homes during the deadliest phase of Brazil's Covid 19 outbreak, police detective Gabriel Ferrando says he received a tip that the local Internet service had been compromised by something suspicious.

Vast areas of Morro da Formiga, a poor neighborhood in the north of the city, were no longer accessible. When Ferrando questioned a technician from broadband provider TIM, who was tasked with fixing the outage, the employee, whose name he declined to give, said armed men chased him away with a warning not . . .

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