EncroChat are encrypted communications made available through a modified mobile device, which is used by celebrities and also cyber criminals and criminals that thrive off anonymity and deception. However, it has recently experienced a breach from Government bodies, who were able to take over the service which resulted in a huge 746 arrests in the UK alone.
What is the EncroChat Takeover?
On 13th June 2020, users received a message stating that the malware systems had been breached, and that EncroChat could no longer guarantee the security of their devices, also advising users to power off and dispose of their device.
It was first infiltrated in April 2020 by law enforcement agencies in France and the Netherlands. This information has since been shared with law enforcement agencies across Europe, including the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) – codenamed Operation Venetic.
Since, they have arrested over 746 suspects, seized £54 million in cash, 77 firearms, two tonnes of drugs and 55 high value cars – as well as much more. They also managed to successfully mitigate over 200 criminal activities such as kidnappings and executions between rival gangs.
Up to 50% of EncroChat users may have had their communications intercepted.
What should you do if caught up in EncroChat?
If you are being interviewed by police because of the EncroChat hack, it is vital that you get immediate legal advice. However, you may come under investigation before being arrested, therefore it is vital that you appoint a criminal defence solicitor as soon as you think you are under investigation.We are experienced criminal defence solicitors.