In June 2020, EncroChat users received a flurry of panicked messages from the company claiming its encrypted network had been hacked by "government entities". What unravelled was one of the biggest hacks by law enforcement in history and many of its users are alleged organized criminals in Europe.
The hack revealed a litany of criminal behaviour - drug deals and shipments, money laundering and arms trafficking, corrupt police officers, a planning of a murder and even the discovery of a torture chamber, hidden within a shipping container.
This podcast was based on the https://www.vice.com/en/article/3aza95/how-police-took-over-encrochat-hacked (reporting) of https://www.vice.com/en/contributor/joseph-cox (Joseph Cox) at https://www.vice.com/en/section/tech (Motherboard), VICE News.
https://twitter.com/josephfcox (Joseph Cox), Senior Staff Writer at Motherboard, VICE News.
https://twitter.com/Jake_MooreUK (Jake Moore), Cyber Security Specialist at https://www.eset.com/uk/ (ESET).
Edouard Klein, Intelligence-Driven Cybersecurity, https://www.sekoia.fr/ (Sekoia.fr)
https://twitter.com/Tuesdayjaded (Tuesday Reitano), https://globalinitiative.net/profile/tuesday-reitano/ (Deputy Director of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.)
https://www.vice.com/en/article/3aza95/how-police-took-over-encrochat-hacked (How Police Secretly Took Over a Global Phone Network for Organized Crime), Motherboard
https://www.vice.com/en/article/m7jyvx/encrochat-corruption-police (Encrochat Investigation Finds Corrupt Cops Leaking Information to Criminals), Motherboard
https://www.vice.com/en/article/5dz9qx/encrochat-hacked-shutting-down-encrypted-phone (Encrypted Phone Network Says It's Shutting Down After Police Hack, )Motherboard
Europol, https://www.europol.europa.eu/activities-services/main-reports/internet-organised-crime-threat-assessment-iocta-2020 (Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment (iOCTA) 2020 )
Presenter: Jack Meegan-Vickers
https://globalinitiative.net/ (Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime)