Busting of Cryptophone Operation
By Rafiaa Khan

A supposedly safe service like the encrypted messaging handset provider BlackBox’s reportedly marketed to criminals has demonstrated to have limits. Its network was pulled apart after Dutch police got hold of its server. This operation also gave a chance to the cops to read more than 258,000 ciphered chat messages sent by users of BlackBox IronPhones, which uses a modified version of OTR messaging for IronChat to presumably provide end-to-end encryption for messages.

The Dutch police said on Tuesday, “We had sufficient evidence that these phones were used among criminals. We have succeeded in intercepting encrypted communication messages between these phones, decrypting them and having them live for some time. This has not only given us a unique insight into existing criminal networks; we have also been able to intercept drugs, weapons and money.”

The police said their inspection has already allowed them to bust a drugs lab in Enschede, Netherlands. They made fourteen arrests which includes a 46-year-old man from Lingewaard who is conjectured of running the cryptophone company with his alleged partner who is a 52-year-old man from Boxtel.

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