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European Agencies Hack Criminal Encrochat Messaging System

July 7, 2020

A joint operation headed by European and British law agencies dismantled the Encrochat messaging service, leading to the arrests of more than 100 people as well as the seizure of numerous weapons and ammunitions, drugs and millions in criminal funds.

Encrochat was an instant messaging service with a twist. It was an application deployed on custom-build Android devices that had the camera, microphone and GPS removed. The idea was to make it difficult for law enforcement to track the users.

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