Igor KOZLOV, “the FACTS”
Thursday, July 2, the British police have announced the successful completion of large-scale operation to combat organized crime. It lasted two months. During the raids that took place all over the country, was arrested 746 people involved in the drug trade, illegal arms sales and other criminal activities. There is reason to believe that this includes at least 200 people involved in the killings.
During the raids seized 54 million pounds in cash (more than $ 67 million), a large number of drugs, mainly cocaine, 77 firearms, including AK47 rifles, grenades and other ammunition.
During the arrests police had to use a total of more than 100 stun grenades. The raids were carried out about two o’clock, and these munitions helped to disorient criminals.
Newspaper the Daily Mail highlights that many of those arrested were quite respectable way of life and lived in their houses in wealthy neighborhoods. Neighbors had no idea that these people lead a double life.
All those arrested are United by one common detail — they were users of illegal phone system Encrochat. She worked on the type of the popular WhatsApp messenger, but you can install it yourself is impossible. In order to become a subscriber, need to buy illegal special smartphone with pre-installed application Encrochat. Members of this secret operator guarantee their clients complete privacy of conversation and correspondence. In case of emergency, any subscriber could set in motion a “killer” virus which in a few seconds destroyed all the correspondence and details of calls.
Service is expensive — months of use, Encrochat costs £ 1,500 (1 $ 870). The existence of this system of communication learned French and Dutch experts. They found the network and was able to establish that it was willing to use all over the world 60 thousand people. In the UK were about 10 thousand subscribers Encrochat.
Further joint operation between British police and their colleagues from other European countries resembled the one shown in the cult crime series “the Wire” (The Wire). Due to the special equipment, the experts were able not only to identify subscribers Encrochat, but also to read their messages and even listen to many of the calls. So, the police received information about the impending transactions for the sale of drugs and arms, money laundering and even plans to eliminate the number of competing criminal groups. The suspects communicated with each other, in the belief that the content of their conversations and correspondence, no one will know.
The police admits that for the first time faced with a similar Encrochat system.
Earlier, the “FACTS” reported that in Britain, the criminals robbed the couple that won the lottery of 101 million pounds.