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Authorities shoot down one of the largest criminal chat networks to date

July 3, 2020

Law enforcement agencies across Europe Detained more than 800 people who allegedly used an encrypted chat network to coordinate their illegal activities.

60,000 members

EncroChat used modified Android devices to provide its users with “worry-free, secure communication”.. BBC reports that EncoChat has around 60,000 users:

“An estimated 60,000 people, including up to 10,000 in the UK, have subscribed to EncroChat, based in France, which has since been withdrawn.”

Authorities allege that criminals have used encrypted messages to coordinate illegal activities such as the sale of drugs and weapons. However, it is unclear whether they claim that all EncroChat users have been involved in criminal activity.

Authorities shoot down one of the largest criminal chat networks to dateAuthorities shoot down one of the largest criminal chat networks to date

EnchroChat main page (the site is currently offline)

EnchroChat homepage (the site is currently offline). Source: https://encrophone.com/

War of encryption?

This happens a week after the Senate passed a law that essentially prohibits end-to-end encryption.. The same issue was raised recently at the ministerial meeting of the nations that make up the Five Eye community: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States:

“We discussed the vital importance of government-digital collaboration to address end-to-end encryption concerns when this affects public security and legal access to information required to prevent or investigate serious crime are.”

With this attitude, This raid may be part of the coordinated campaign to discredit public privacy technologies. In this case, we hope to see other similar announcements in the coming months.