08 Nov Dutch Police Intercept Encryption Servers to Access Criminals’ Communication
Dutch law enforcement recently revealed that they were able to intercept over 250,000 messages sent by criminals via an encrypted service by seizing the server which routed the messages and had the encryption keys.
It was discovered in an investigation that criminals had been using Blackbox “cryptophones” that used the Ironchat end-to-end encrypted messaging service for their money laundering scheme.
It was noted that the police did not have to break encryption, but rather only compromised the implementation of the encryption. The police’s interception of the messages led to the arrest of two suspects and raids that led to the closure of a drug lab and confiscation of 90,000 euro.