Vince Ramos wanted Phantom Secure to be the Uber of privacy-focused, luxury-branded phones—flood the market with devices, and sort out the law later. Then the FBI investigated him.
Beyond drug trafficking, the continuing investigations into users of the encrypted phone network Encrochat is increasing to corrupt officials.
Hackers have been trading an encrypted Bitcoin wallet on forums and underground marketplaces in hopes of recovering the stash of cryptocurrency.
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."
Twitter was previously exploring end-to-end encrypted direct messages, which would generally give user's more privacy around their communications.
The bill has the potential to be damaging to free speech and directly harmful to anyone who uses encryption-based communication services.
Police monitored a hundred million encrypted messages sent through Encrochat, a network used by career criminals to discuss drug deals, murders, and extortion plots.
Senators have introduced a new bill that would force tech companies to undermine their own encryption to help police investigate crimes.
The developers of Tails and a video player targeted by Facebook and the FBI in an operation to catch a child predator are still in the dark about how the feds hacked the software.