E.U. Authorities Crack Encryption of Massive Criminal and Murder Network


European law-enforcement officials have shut down an encrypted Android-based communications platform used exclusively by criminals to plot murders, traffic illegal drugs, commit money laundering and plan other organized crimes.

An international law-enforcement team from the France and the Netherlands cracked the encryption of EncroChat, a secure mobile messaging service that was “one of the largest providers of encrypted communications,” according to the U.K.’s National Crime Agency (NCA).

U.K. officials had been investigating the platform and nefarious activities of the criminals using it since 2016 through Operation Venetic, working alongside international law-enforcement agencies to share technical expertise and intelligence.

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Source: ThreatPost