EncroChat encryption break leads to 746 arrests

Οι αρχές επιβολής του νόμου στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο κατάφεραν να σπάσουν την κρυπτογραφημένη πλατφόρμα επικοινωνία EncroChat με αποτέλεσμα τη σύλληψη 746 ατόμων, την κατάσχεση 54 εκατομμυρίων λιρών σε μετρητά, 77 πυροβόλα όπλα και πάνω από tons of drugs.

EncroChat was one of the largest providers of encrypted communications and offered a mobile instant messaging service.

Its sole use was for coordinating and planning the distribution of illegal goods, money laundering and conspiracies to kill rival criminals, said the United Kingdom National Crime Agency (NCA).

The service had 60.000 users worldwide, and the NCA reported that about 10.000 of them were in the United Kingdom.

The NCA has said it has been working with international law enforcement since 2016 to crack down on EncroChat and other encrypted communications platforms used by criminals. So two months ago, cooperating authorities from France and the Netherlands managed to penetrate the platform.

"Unbeknownst to users, NCA and παρακολουθούσαν κάθε κίνησή τους”, δήλωσε η NCA. “Η Venetic is the largest and most important operation of its kind in the UK.”

The users of the platform believed that their messages were safe, but the authorities had infiltrated the Encrochat network by installing a tool that helped them read the messages for months.

The NCA reported that it created the και τις εξειδικευμένες δυνατότητες εκμετάλλευσης δεδομένων που απαιτούνται για την επεξεργασία των δεδομένων του δικτύου EncroChat κάτι που βοήθησε στον εντοπισμό παραβατών αναλύοντας εκατομμύρια μηνύματα και εκατοντάδες χιλιάδες εικόνες.

"Penetrating this UK criminal market communication and control platform is like having one person on every top organized crime team in the country," said Nikki Holland, NCA's Director of Investigation.

Nikki Holland also said that any criminal who uses an encrypted phone should be "very worried".

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