EncroChat: Hundreds arrested in Germany after officials gain access to encrypted data

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By Euronews with AP  •  Updated: 06/07/2021 - 15:23

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Federal German constabulary forces basal successful a parking batch successful Berlin-Lichtenberg and hole for a raid.   -   Copyright  Paul Zinken/dpa via AP, FILE

German information officials accidental they person arrested hundreds of radical aft infiltrating encrypted mobile telephone chat data.

The probe focused connected EncroChat, a communications work utilized peculiarly by criminals successful the amerciable cause trade.

More than 750 arrests were made connected Tuesday, Frankfurt prosecutors and the country’s Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) said successful a statement.

Authorities besides seized a ample fig of drugs arsenic portion of the raids. This included 3.2 metric tons of cannabis, astir 320 kilograms of synthetic drugs, much than 125,500 ecstasy pills, astir 400 kilograms of cocaine, and 10 kilograms of heroin.

Investigators besides confiscated 310 weapons, much than 12,200 rounds of ammunition, and assets worthy €168 million.

Frankfurt authoritative Julia Bussweiler told reporters that the probe was acold from implicit and they were inactive sifting done and evaluating the seized data.

"There are galore radical who are successful pretrial detention," she said. "The information is being checked to spot whether it is capable for an indictment."

The probe into EncroChat began successful March 2020 and was assisted by authorities from France and the Netherlands.

"The EncroChat information was obtained successful the discourse of a French investigation," Bussweiler told the Associated Press.

"Together with the Dutch authorities, acceptable up a alleged associated probe squad and wrong this probe squad they managed to decrypt the encrypted information and truthful work the connection betwixt the users of the Enchrochat mobile phones."

EncroChat, which had 60,000 users worldwide past year, has present been unopen down. In June 2020, it had advised its users to propulsion distant their devices aft realising that their strategy had been compromised.

"The accusation provided, particularly for cause trafficking offences and cause smuggling, has completed the representation of the concern successful Germany," said Christian Hoppe, caput of the peculiar section astatine the BKA.

"From the cause suppliers to the logisticians of importation and organisation successful Germany to their customers, we were capable to place each those progressive successful the transgression successful 1 fell swoop."

"The information that 1 successful 4 suspects was equipped underlines the high-risk imaginable of organised cause transgression groups for our society".

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