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The FBI Tried to Plant a Backdoor in an Encrypted Phone Network

The FBI wanted a backdoor in Phantom Secure, an encrypted phone company that sold to members of the Sinaloa cartel, and which is linked to the alleged leaking of sensitive law enforcement information in Canada.
Joseph Cox
4 days ago
tech-power

CEO Who Sold Encrypted Phones to the Sinaloa Cartel Sentenced to Nine Years

Vincent Ramos was sentenced to nine years and forfeited more than $80 million for providing criminal organizations with encrypted devices.
Mack Lamoureux
Joseph Cox
5.29.19
going dark

CEO Pleads Guilty to Selling Encrypted Phones to Organized Crime

Phantom Secure made custom, encrypted BlackBerry phones and sold them to customers all over the world, including to the Sinaloa cartel, according to prosecutors.
Joseph Cox
10.3.18
BAD FOR BUSINESS

Secure Phone Companies Clamp Down After Sinaloa Cartel-Linked Arrest

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.
Joseph Cox
3.21.18
fugitives

Four Alleged Associates of Sinaloa Cartel-Linked Encrypted Phone Company Are On the Run

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.
Joseph Cox
3.16.18
hustling

'Snitches Get Stitches': How Secure Phones for Criminals Are Sold on Instagram

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.
Joseph Cox
3.12.18
CARTEL COMMS

Feds Bust CEO Allegedly Selling Custom BlackBerry Phones to Sinaloa Drug Cartel

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.
Joseph Cox
3.10.18