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Hacked EncroChat system for chatting


European police managed to penetrate the encrypted chat system EncroChat, and the BBC reported that the UK's National Crime Prevention Agency (NCA) dismantled dozens of organized criminal groups after intercepting millions of encrypted text messages.

The messages were sent through EncroChat, a subscription-based telephone system popular with professional criminals, and the NCA told a news conference: The operation has had a major impact on organized crime gangs.

European law enforcement agencies appeared to have been monitoring these conversations for months, as the French police penetrated the network for the first time, and deployed a technical device to breach communications (EncroChat) after discovering that some of its servers were hosted in France.

The French authorities began decrypting (EncroChat) in March, and began receiving data in April.

According to reports, police officers have reached the talks, which participants believe are safe and private, about a wide range of crimes, including drug operations and money-laundering plans.

(EncroChat) sold custom Android phones with the removal of the functions of (GPS), camera and microphone, and was provided with a dedicated encrypted messaging application that directs messages through a central server, in addition to a secure secondary operating system (in addition to Android).

The phones also come with a feature of self-destruction that wipes the contents of the device if you enter the PIN, and is sold at a price of 1000 euros for the phone, with a subscription price of 1500 euros for a period of six months.

The service includes clients in 140 countries, and has been described as a legitimate platform, but information shows that it has been used widely among criminal groups, including drug and gang trafficking organizations, as well as killers.

The Dutch company responsible for EncroChat did not realize that its devices had been compromised until May after some users noticed that the wiping function was not working.

(EncroChat) stopped its SIM service and closed the network after trying and failed to restore features and monitor malware.

The service sent customers a broadcast saying, "We can no longer guarantee the safety of your device, and we advise you to turn off the device and dispose of it immediately."

It is noteworthy that the British police arrested 746 people as a result of penetration of the network through a process called (Venetic), intercepted two tons of drugs, and seized 54 million pounds in cash, in addition to weapons and more than 28 million tablets of the sedative (Etizolam) medicine.
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