Paul Krusky played a crucial role in the development of encrypted phone firm EncroChat. Now he has been arrested in the Dominican Republic.
The EncroChat Hack Was Hailed as a Major Coup Against Gangsters. But Europe Is Still Awash With Drugs.
When police hacked into organised crime's secret messaging network, it led to a wave of high-profile arrests and drug busts. Two years on, analysis by VICE World News shows that it has failed to dent drug supply.
In an open letter an international group of lawyers asked the European Commission and European Parliament to halt new prosecutions until more evidence was presented.
Sweden has been the setting for spiralling drug-related gang violence. Now, 15 men are facing jail after cops accessed encrypted messages.
A court in Finland ruled that the messages could not be used as evidence against two particular suspects. But the ruling could have a knock-on effect with other cases.
Four women and their male boss jailed for 37 years after selling party drugs, including their own heart-shaped ecstasy, while disguised as delivery riders during London lockdowns.
We spoke to an expert who has spent years deciphering communication between drug dealers.
The news shows what police may do when confronted with robust, end-to-end encryption: turn to hacking the phone itself.
Emails obtained by Motherboard show an Encrochat co-owner conducting business via overseas companies and bank accounts.
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.