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Drabsplaner averted: Record-breaking police operation against the criminals ' secret chat

A large-scale police operation has led to arrests in several european countries, and the key to the success was a breakthrough in relation to crack the encryption in a type of mobile phones that calls itself EncroChat – or short Encro.

It writes among other things, Europol.

On the international operation has drawn the threads of Denmark – or to have benefited from the knowledge acquired – they wish at the national Police not to comment on.

But according to Ekstra information began the domestic criminal environment, where you will also have spent Encro, suspected that the technology was no longer safe for a couple of weeks ago.

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Cash seized in the Uk. Politifoto

Before it was Encro rated safe and therefore used for sensitive communication on among other things, drug smuggling and other crimes.

The same thought criminals abroad.

In the Uk bar the action name Operation Venetic, and according to a press release from the Metropolitan Police bl.a. arrested 746 people and confiscated 13 million pounds, which the police estimate derived from crime.

British authorities to assess the short and good, that the operation, which included the infiltration of Encro, is the largest police-related action in the story. In the Uk, assesses the authorities that have disrupted both drabsplaner and organised crime at a high level.

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the Gun, silencer and ammunition were seized by the Metropolitan Police under Operation Venetic. Politifoto

Encrochat is a closed communication system, which includes both servers and mobile phones. The phone itself costs a good $ 10,000., besides, it costs the subscription is in the region of 15.000 kr. for half a year.

the phone Itself is not openly for sale, but you must know someone, who knows someone, to get hold of one.

According to Europol, was EncroChat one of the largest providers of encrypted mobile telephony, and a big part of the EncroChats users participated in organized crime, the international police cooperation.

part of the users is particularly present in the areas and countries that are central to the large-scale trafficking in cannabis and cocaine as well as money laundering.

In 2017 began the French Gendarmerie National, to take an interest EncroChat, and in connection with the investigation, it became clear that the service, among other things, it had servers in the France. And the connection succeeded therefore to bypass the system's comprehensive encryption via access to the system.

take a Encrotelefon out. Photo: English police
the Year after, in 2018, was Dutch police invited in the investigation, which unobtrusively followed the criminals. Both France and the Netherlands – and later also other european countries, began to subsequently use the access to the investigation.

for example, In the Netherlands, has exploration, where access to the Encro has been a help, led to over 60 arrests and the seizure of over ten tonnes of cocaine, 12 tonnes of cannabis products, the 1500-pound of methamphetamine, as well as put police on the trail of the 19 narkolaboratorier.

Encrochat ended abruptly 13. June of this year, when the company discovered that the security of the system was compromised. Then issued the company a warning to users, inviting users to throw the phones away.

Europol writes that the surveillance of Encrochatsystemet shows how complex international organised crime is, and how the actors have taken the advanced technology to themselves.

Finally, write Europol, that even though the system is shut down, then you have obtained enough information to hundreds of investigations will continue to bear fruit.

Scorpion-machine gun belsaglagt during Operation Venetic. Politifoto

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