In a similar operation conducted on Sky ECC network back in 2021, 23 hardcore criminals have been taken to task this time.
Criminals often use encrypted networks for their discreet communication, having no clue that it can be compromised by tech experts who are a step ahead in cracking codes. Law enforcement agencies are constantly on the move, keeping tabs on criminal activities that dwell in the background, far from the eyes of law, with the idea of going unnoticed. Many such operations have been conducted by law enforcement agencies in the past involving the use of technology which has helped in tightening the grip on criminal activities. In a recent operation, the Belgian police raided several hideouts of those who were tracked down due to their communication over encrypted phones by Xrypt. The devices were programmed to erase users data within seconds of being sent, but unfortunately the data was recorded on the networks servers which worked against the criminals who were using it as the officials decrypted the chat messages and notes stored on the servers and booked those who were suspected of running various criminal activities including drug dealings, illegal firearms dealings and even plotting murders.
According to reports, 23 criminals have been arrested so far as they have been found guilty of running various illegal activities. It has been found that the police tracked the suspected criminals based on their phone’s IMEI number & cellphone tower location. The phones had IMEI changing feature which helped the police zero down the notorious 23. Also, these gang members paid high subscription charges to use the decrypted services, which helped lawmakers keep an eagle’s eye before acting on them. The decrypted messages and notes carried confidential information about drug distributors and clients, and also had loads of information about firearm deals and murder plots. The officials have been keeping a close eye on Xrypt users since a long time, having found many instances where communication of users directed towards criminal activities. As many might be able to recall, a similar crackdown was initiated way back in 2021 on Sky ECC network, whose users were also involved in criminal activities.
The decryption of Xrypt’s network has opened up a can of worms as many illegal businesses and activities of its users have come to light, which might lead to many more arrests in coming days.