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Police Arrested Hundreds of Criminals After Hacking Into Encrypted Chat Network

Police Arrested Hundreds of Criminals After Hacking Into Encrypted Chat Network

July 03, 2020Swati Khandelwal
In a joint operation, European and British law enforcement agencies recently arrested hundreds of alleged drug dealers and other criminals after infiltrating into a global network of an encrypted chatting app that was used to plot drug deals, money laundering, extortions, and even murders. Dubbed EncroChat , the top-secret encrypted communication app comes pre-installed on a customized Android-based handset with GPS, camera, and microphone functionality removed for anonymity and security. EncroChat phones aim to securely exchange data and messages with pre-loaded apps for secure instant messaging, VOIP calling, self destruct messages, and includes a 'kill code' functionality to let users remotely wipe complete data in times of trouble. The handset and its services, which cost around £1,500 for a six-month subscription, had 60,000 users worldwide and approximately 10,000 users in the United Kingdom. "EncroChat phones were presented to customers as guaranteeing pe
ENCRYPT Act of 2016 — Proposed Bill Restricts States to Ban Encryption

ENCRYPT Act of 2016 — Proposed Bill Restricts States to Ban Encryption

February 11, 2016Swati Khandelwal
The last year's ISIS-linked terror attacks in Paris and California has sparked debate on Encryption, and the intelligent agencies started reviving their efforts to weaken encryption on various encrypted products and services. But, there is some Good News! California Congressman and Texas Republican are now challenging state-level proposals to restrict US citizens' ability to encrypt their smartphones. On Wednesday, California Congressman Ted Lieu , one of four members of Congress, and Texas Republican Blake Farenthold , a member of the House Oversight and House Judiciary committees, introduced a new bill in Congress that… …attempts to ban states efforts to implement their own anti-encryption policies at a state level while a national debate on Encryption is ongoing. The bill, called " Ensuring National Constitutional Rights for Your Private Telecommunications Act of 2016 " – in short, " ENCRYPT Act of 2016 " – would stop states fr
Boeing launches Ultra-Secure 'Black' Smartphone that has Self-Destruct Feature

Boeing launches Ultra-Secure 'Black' Smartphone that has Self-Destruct Feature

February 27, 2014Anonymous
Looking for a Secure Smartphone? World's biggest Aerospace company - Boeing is finally close to the launch of its high-security Android Smartphone, called " Boeing Black (H8V-BLK1) ", primarily designed for secure communication between Governmental agencies and their contractors. Encrypted email, Secure Instant Messaging and Other privacy services and tools are booming in the wake of the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs. Encryption isn't meant to keep hackers out, but when it's designed and implemented correctly, it alters the way messages look. Boeing is the company which is already providing secure communications for US Government officials, including the president. Don't mess with it, It can  Self-Destruct:  Boeing Black Smartphone can Self-Destruct  if it is tampered with, destroying all the data on it. The device is delivered in complete sealed form, any attempt to open the seal of the device will destruct the operati
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