Defense teams across the U.K. are arguing that chat messages obtained by law enforcement malware should not be used as evidence in court.
Beyond drug trafficking, the continuing investigations into users of the encrypted phone network Encrochat is increasing to corrupt officials.
A document obtained by Motherboard provides more detail on the malware law enforcement deployed against Encrochat devices.
Criminals use so-called Russian, encrypted, or white SIMs to change their phone number, add voice manipulation to their calls, and try to stay ahead of law enforcement.
A document included in the BlueLeaks hack says "senior Sinaloa leaders were using a highly sophisticated encrypted communications platform, Encrochat."
The continent's gangland is taking a massive hit after its encrypted messaging system was hacked by police.
Police monitored a hundred million encrypted messages sent through Encrochat, a network used by career criminals to discuss drug deals, murders, and extortion plots.
Encrochat's customers include hitmen and drug gangs across Europe.
Messages allegedly sent to Encrochat users warned of a law enforcement takeover. Europol said it won’t comment on "ongoing operations."
For years, the oft-overlooked secure phone industry, sometimes linked to organized crime, has been pushing its wares on Instagram, with one account linked to Phantom Secure posting images of weapons, drugs, and bundles of cash.