Inside the Italian Mafia’s Encrypted Phone of Choice
A collaborative investigation reveals alleged members of the mafia are using encrypted phones from "No. 1 Business Communication." The company is linked to a high profile American businessman, a Ukrainian technologist, and multiple convicted criminals.
UK Proposes Making the Sale and Possession of Encrypted Phones Illegal
The Home Office says it wants to target “bespoke” devices used for crime, but critics say it is unclear what a bespoke device is.
Ciphr, Encrypted App That Served Organized Crime, Rebrands as Enterprise Software
Ciphr became a tool of choice for international drug traffickers before deciding to close last year. Now, the company behind Ciphr is back with a new app called "Mode."
Encrypted Phone Firm Ciphr Plans to Shut Down
Ciphr is the last remaining member of the old guard of the encrypted phone industry. After years of providing a technological backbone to organized crime, the company says it plans to shut down at the end of the month.
Sellers for Encrypted Phone Firm Ciphr Locked Out of Orders
Ciphr, a company popular among organized criminals, plans to make dramatic changes to how sellers can distribute its encrypted messaging app. The move comes after weeks of uncertainty of the company's next move.
Cops Investigating ‘WhatsApp for Gangsters’ Arrest Key Suspect in Caribbean
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.
Encrochat Lawyers Say Clients Haven't Had Fair Trials
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.
Cocaine Shipments and Botched Hits: Inside Sweden's Massive Gang Trial
Sweden has been the setting for spiralling drug-related gang violence. Now, 15 men are facing jail after cops accessed encrypted messages.
Court Throws Out Messages Obtained by FBI Honeypot Phone Company Anom
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.
Women Who Dressed as Couriers With Pink Backpacks to Deliver Drugs Over Lockdown Jailed
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.
These Are the Code Words Used by Top-Level Drug Traffickers
We spoke to an expert who has spent years deciphering communication between drug dealers.