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Police took PGP network for mobile communications “between criminals offline
The Dutch police and the public prosecutor have taken down a communications network for smart phones with PGP encryption. The network according to the police was used by criminals in order to communicate with each other in encrypted form.
It is according to the police to the network of the largest provider of these services in the Netherlands, which was operated by a company from Nijmegen. That company sold for 1500 euros per unit smartphones were equipped with support for PGP encryption. The service let the traffic then go through its own servers, making communication was further shielded from the authorities.
Police say as a result of the investigation several servers copied in the Netherlands to have and the analysis of the data “to grasp the communication between members of criminal groups.” From it can be seen on the notice of the police that the network had 19,000 registered users. Now get automatically notified that the police conducts research and focuses on persons suspected of serious crimes.
The owner of the company is suspected of money laundering. According to police and it happens often that “criminal service providers” be prosecuted for money laundering.
Interestingly, the action is held in conjunction with the Canadian police. The Toronto Police also has a server put out of operation. Last week showed that Canadian police had a master key from BlackBerrys to decrypt the ping-to-ping messaging. It is not known whether in the case of the Nijmegen network went BlackBerrys. The police were not available for comment.
Update 17:30: According to Crime News it is indeed BlackBerrys and getting network users to see below message.
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