Cracked it. Europol cracked the secret chat of a criminal gang

At least a thousand people across Europe arrested in late June as a result of coordinated law enforcement operations France, the UK and the Netherlands. Managed to crack the secret chat of criminals, announced on 2 July Europol.

The operation lasted from 2017 and become the largest in the history of European law enforcement enterprise in the decryption of the secure messenger.

The French police first began to suspect that international organized crime uses the tool protected when EncroChat for negotiations. Was phones with the application installed electronic intelligence recorded in the illicit trafficking in cocaine and marijuana, and money laundering.

Europol organized a joint investigation team, which included operational staff and cryptanalysts. In the spring of 2020 ciphers EncroChat managed to hack that allowed to establish the identity of the attackers and put a tail on them. Only on 13 June, the members of the chat realized that they are being watched, EncroChat sent to users recommendation to immediately throw away phones.

In France the code name of the operation was Emma 95. Authorities received reports of hundreds of criminals, but not yet announce the results of the investigation.

In the Netherlands, where the operation took place under the code name Lemont, Rinvestigation led to the arrest of over 100 suspects and the seizure of drugs (more than 8,000 kilograms of cocaine and 1,200 kg of crystal meth), the elimination of 19 laboratories on manufacture of synthetic drugs, seized dozens of firearms, luxury watches and cars, as well as €20 million in cash.

In the UK the operation is known as Venetic. According to information of the National Agency for combating organized crime detained 746 people. They found £54 million in cash, 77 firearms, including Kalashnikov assault rifles, 1,800 bullets, 55 luxury cars, 73 of a pair of expensive watches, a large number of drugs.

The special forces Agency, working closely with the police, have prevented the Commission of the kidnappings and murders of rival street gangs, the report says.

EncroChat is an application for instant messaging, zagruzhatsya cryptomelane after the conclusion of the contract. A stranger could not load the chat. Functions were specifically designed to be able to quickly delete incriminating messages, for example, at the time of arrest. Clients were guaranteed complete anonymity. The subscription price was €1500 for six months.

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