Police in countless countries eavesdrop on criminals via self-sold phones

Police in countless countries eavesdrop on criminals via self-sold phones

Police have been able to listen to and monitor criminal organizations in countless countries for several months after a major covert operation. Tomorrow an international team led by Europol will present details and clarifications on the work of the police, the details of which are already known to many international media.

Criminals bought so-called “encryptors” that were not encrypted as they had hoped; These devices were provided by the police themselves, via informants and undercover agents, according to De Telegraaf.

Previously, the police managed to hack several encrypted messaging services such as SkyECC and EncroChat, but in this case, the police themselves took control of the network on which the messages were shared. Not only could the police read, but the investigators could also find out where the phones were. Voice changers can be turned off remotely.

Also arrests in the Netherlands

Police services from the United States, Australia, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands, among other countries, worked together in this work. Today, the operation has led to the arrest of hundreds of people in various countries, including the Netherlands. There were raids, arrests, and searches in North Brabant, Limburg and Rotterdam, among other areas.

Europol describes the operation as “the most complex attempt yet to disrupt the activities of criminals around the world”.

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