The secret phone system broken up by National Crime Agency


Detective Sergeant John Cowell from the Metropolitan Police explained to the BBC’s Tom Symonds how the Encrochat operating system is hidden and accessed on a seemingly normal smartphone.

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The National Crime Agency has penetrated a top secret communication system used by organised criminals.

The NCA has described the operation as the “biggest and most significant law enforcement operation carried out in the UK”.

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Operation Venetic: Police catch hundreds suspected of leading secret criminal lives by infiltrating phone system

About two tonnes of Class A and B drugs, including more than 28 million Etizolam pills (street Valium) from an illicit laboratory have also been confiscated, plus 55 high-value cars and 73 luxury watches.

One source said: “Many were seen by friends and neighbours as pillars of society, but in reality were leading secret, glamorous lives they thought would go on forever.”

Every police force in Britain was involved in Operation Venetic, which was launched in April after analysts managed to infiltrate the secretive Encrochat mobile telephone system used by organised criminals around the world.

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How the national security law is bringing China’s authoritarian legal system to Hong Kong

When Beijing announced it would impose a national security law on Hong Kong six weeks ago, many people feared the legislation could extend China’s authoritarian reach over the semi-autonomous city and undermine its cherished rule of law.

Some Hong Kong officials tried to allay those concerns, despite admitting they had not yet seen a draft of the law — which was written behind closed doors in Beijing. With the full text of the law finally available for dissection, however, a number of legal experts have found their worst fears confirmed.

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Date: 2020-07-02T04:54:34-0400
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What’s in Hong Kong’s New National-Security Law

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Date: 2020-07-02T11:35:00.000Z
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Drug lord ‘The Voice’ is ’50m mastermind behind phone scam flooding UK with cocaine

Robert Dawes, 48, is said to run the telecommunications network favoured by likes of El Chapo despite languishing behind bars in France for a huge trafficking operation

A British drug lord known as The Voice is the suspected mastermind behind a secret phone network used to flood Britain with cocaine.

Robert Dawes, 48, is suspected of being the boss of the ‘impenetrable’ global communication system, according to a report by the National Crime Agency.

The handsets are also used by the Mafia and cartels made infamous by caged Mexican crime boss Joaquin Guzman, nicknamed El Chapo.

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The Story Behind Bill Barr’s Unmarked Federal Agents

The motley assortment of police currently occupying Washington, D.C., is a window into the vast, complicated, obscure world of federal law enforcement.

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Few sights from the nation’s protests in recent days have seemed more dystopian than the appearance of rows of heavily-armed riot police around Washington in drab military-style uniforms with no insignia, identifying emblems or name badges. Many of the apparently federal agents have refused to identify which agency they work for. ‘Tell us who you are, identify yourselves!’ protesters demanded, as they stared down the helmeted, sunglass-wearing mostly white men outside the White House. Eagle-eyed protesters have identified some of them as belonging to Bureau of Prisons’ riot police units from Texas, but others remain a mystery.

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C.I.A. Failed to Defend Against Theft of Secrets by Insider, Report Says

WASHINGTON ‘ The 2016 theft of secret C.I.A. hacking tools by an agency officer, one of the largest breaches in agency history, was partly because of failures to install safeguards and officials who ignored the lessons of other government agencies that saw large breaches when employees stole secrets, according to an internal C.I.A. report released on Tuesday.

The C.I.A. fostered an innovative culture within its hacking team, which took great risks to create untraceable tools to steal secrets from foreign governments. But that team and its overseers were focused on building cutting-edge cyberweapons and spent too little energy protecting those tools, failing to put in place even common security standards like basic monitoring of who had access to its information, the report said.


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