Messages allegedly sent to Encrochat users warned of a law enforcement takeover. Europol said it won’t comment on "ongoing operations."
MPC, an encrypted phone company Motherboard revealed as being created by organized crime, "put him on a plate for the Moroccans to pull the trigger."
Crime blogger Martin Kok was assassinated while leaving a sex club. It turned out MPC, one of his clients, was not an ordinary phone company.
Phantom Secure made custom, encrypted BlackBerry phones and sold them to customers all over the world, including to the Sinaloa cartel, according to prosecutors.
After its epic smartphone failure, BlackBerry is determined to fend off competitors in automotive.
Earlier this month, the FBI arrested the CEO of Phantom Secure, a company allegedly providing encrypted phones to organized crime. Now, those in the secure device supply chain are trying to push criminals out.
Authorities have already arrested Vincent Ramos, Phantom Secure’s CEO. But the Department of Justice has indicted four other alleged Phantom associates, who are currently fugitives.
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.
Phantom Secure is one of the most infamous companies in the secure phone industry. Sources and court documents detail that its owner has been arrested for allegedly helping criminal organizations.
This month marks the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone's debut—but back then, stars like Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton didn't want to give up their BlackBerrys.
Cops are increasingly targeting those who sell devices traditionally used by organized crime groups.
Ciphr claims the data dump is the work of a rival company, according to an alleged message sent to victims.