Over 1,000 EncroChat arrests in UK
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After a mass hack of EncroChat by police across Europe UK police have moved swiftly to arrest suspects. The hack netted over 20 million messages, and police are working their way these messages with the firm intention of making as many arrests as they can. It is estimated over 10,000 people in the UK used the EncroChat service.
Operation Venetic – UKs biggest ever crack down on organised crime
This is a huge operation with millions of pounds in cash and over two tonnes of drugs already seized in Operation Venetic, the UK’s biggest ever move against criminal networks. EncroChat, a secret messaging service, provided totally secure end to end encryption. This was widely understood to be used by criminals across the UK and Europe.
UK Police monitored EncroChat for months
Unknown to EncroChat users the police were monitoring messages for months before the service was shut down. This means they were able to amass huge amounts of incriminating evidence completely without the user’s knowledge.
NCA Director of Investigations Nikki Holland, said:
“The infiltration of this command and control communication platform for the UK’s criminal marketplace is like having an inside person in every top organised crime group in the country.
“This is the broadest and deepest ever UK operation into serious organised crime.
“The NCA is proud to have led the UK part of this operation, working in partnership with policing and other agencies. The results have been outstanding but this is just the start.
“A dedicated team of over 500 NCA officers has been working on Operation Venetic night and day, and thousands more across policing. And it’s all been made possible because of superb work with our international partners.
“Together we’ve protected the public by arresting middle-tier criminals and the kingpins, the so-called iconic untouchables who have evaded law enforcement for years, and now we have the evidence to prosecute them.
“The NCA plays a key role in international efforts to combat encrypted comms. I’d say to any criminal who uses an encrypted phone, you should be very, very worried.”
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If you have any reason to fear that you may be at risk of investigation or arrest as a result of Operation Venetic you should get expert advice now. You will need time to mount a strong defence, and this is best done before the police come calling. Contact us now for the very best legal advice.
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