Law enforcement authorities throughout Europe arrested over 800 individuals that allegedly were EncroChat for illegal activities

According to BBC, the EncroChat application is accused of using an encrypted chat network to conduct illegal activities. To date, more than 800 individuals have been arrested at the request of law enforcement authorities throughout Europe.

60,000 members of EncroChat are used for illegal activities like the sale of drugs and weapons

EncroChat has used modified Android devices to provide its users.

According to BBC, EncoChat has about 60,000 users, and all of them have been suspended. Criminals used encrypted messaging to coordinate illegal activities such as selling drugs and weapons. However, it is not clear whether they think all EncroChat users are involved in criminal activity.

The report stated:

“An estimated 60,000 people, among them up to 10,000 in Britain, subscribed to France-based EncroChat, which has now been taken down.”

law-enforcement-authorities-throughout-europe-arrested-over-800-individuals-that-allegedly-were-encrochat-for-illegal-activitiesEnchroChat Main Page (the site is currently offline) | Source: https://encrophone.com/

This comes a week after the bill ban end-to-end encryption was introduced to the Senate. Three Republican senators introduced a bill to end “warrant-proof” encryption on June 23. It invokes national security as a pretext for requiring device manufacturers and service providers to assist law enforcement by providing access to encrypted data.

A similar issue was recently raised during the ministerial meetings of the countries that make up the Five Five Eye intelligence community – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States:

“We discussed the vital importance of collaboration between governments and the digital industry to address concerns with end-to-end encryption where it has public safety and the lawful access to information necessary to prevent or investigate serious crimes.”

It appears that the bill is part of a coordinated campaign to discredit privacy protection technologies in the public eye. If so. We will see more similar announcements in the coming months.

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