The Network: How a Secretive Phone Company Helped the Crime World Go Dark

The Network: How a Secretive Phone Company Helped the Crime World Go Dark

Motherboard spoke to over half a dozen sources around Phantom, including family members of Ramos, distributors who sold Phantom phones in multiple countries on his behalf, and people with knowledge of the company's operations.

VICE - How Police Secretly Took Over a Global Phone Network for Organised Crime

VICE - How Police Secretly Took Over a Global Phone Network for Organised Crime

The leaked documents obtained by Motherboard, which include evidence presented in prosecutions of Encrochat users over the last few weeks, show in stark detail the sort of information that phone hacking technology was able to grab from the devices of high-level drug traffickers, including their messages and photos.

When Police Are Hackers: Hundreds Charged as Encrypted Network Is Broken

When Police Are Hackers: Hundreds Charged as Encrypted Network Is Broken

PARIS — The police in Europe said Thursday they had arrested hundreds of people on suspicion of drug trafficking and other crimes after successfully hacking into an encrypted phone network being used by organized criminals around the world.

Law enforcement arrests hundreds after compromising encrypted chat system

Law enforcement arrests hundreds after compromising encrypted chat system

The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has made 746 arrests and dismantled dozens of organized crime groups after intercepting millions of encrypted text messages, BBC reports.

Hundreds arrested as crime chat network cracked

Hundreds arrested as crime chat network cracked

Media captionThe BBC's Tom Symonds is shown how a customised Android phone with EncroChat installed works A top-secret communications system used by criminals to trade drugs and guns has been "successfully penetrated", says the National Crime Agency.

DOJ grants DEA permission to conduct “covert surveillance” on protesters

DOJ grants DEA permission to conduct “covert surveillance” on protesters

BuzzFeedNews has uncovered a memorandum that shows that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been granted powers by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to conduct covert surveillance on the ongoing protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.

Exclusive: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans

Exclusive: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans

Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin - not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.

Apple contractors 'regularly hear confidential details' on Siri recordings

Apple contractors 'regularly hear confidential details' on Siri recordings

Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “grading”, the company’s Siri voice assistant, the Guardian has learned.

DEA tracked every opioid pill sold in the US. The data is out—and it’s horrific

DEA tracked every opioid pill sold in the US. The data is out—and it’s horrific

While the local governments suing the companies have had access to this data during the litigation, it was only released to the public after the Washington Post and HD Media, publisher of the Charleston Gazette-Mail of West Virginia, sued and waged a year-long legal battle.

DEA Continues Mass Surveillance of Americans Phone Call Records

DEA Continues Mass Surveillance of Americans Phone Call Records

According to a report recently released by the Office of Inspector General of the United States Department of Justice, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is continuing to operate its mass surveillance program which collects billions of call detail records of Americans and foreigners every day.

D.E.A. Secretly Collected Bulk Records of Money-Counter Purchases

D.E.A. Secretly Collected Bulk Records of Money-Counter Purchases

WASHINGTON — The Drug Enforcement Administration secretly collected data in bulk about Americans’ purchases of money-counting machines — and took steps to hide the effort from defendants and courts — before quietly shuttering the program in 2013 amid the uproar over the disclosures by the National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, an inspector general report found.

DEA Never Checked If Its Massive Surveillance Operations Are Legal, Watchdog Says

DEA Never Checked If Its Massive Surveillance Operations Are Legal, Watchdog Says

The administration set no specific standards of proof for issuing subpoenas, and officials often justified data collection using “generic” and “cursory” explanations, the IG found.“The information provided [in subpoena documents] often lacks specificity sufficient to establish the particularized facts or basis for connecting the target number to a drug investigation, even if such review had occurred,” investigators said.

Genetic testing firms share your DNA data more than you think

Genetic testing firms share your DNA data more than you think

Driving the news: This month FamilyTreeDNA came under fire for voluntarily giving the FBI routine access to its database of more than 1 million users' data, allowing agents to test DNA samples from crime scenes against customers' genetic information to look for family matches.

Former policeman Steven Albee fined for sharing intimate photos of arrested woman

Former policeman Steven Albee fined for sharing intimate photos of arrested woman

Albee examined the photos at the police station then uploaded two to a Facebook group chat with four other serving police officers.

Man evades capture for 15 years by using fingerprint implants

Man evades capture for 15 years by using fingerprint implants

A drug trafficker who managed to evade capture for 15 years by cutting and burning the skin of his fingertips and having it replaced with micro-implants has been arrested by Spanish police.

‘Digital pill’ raises privacy, cybersecurity fears

‘Digital pill’ raises privacy, cybersecurity fears

“Forget health record databases — how do you patch a digital pill?” Despite the concerns, many experts have pointed out that the technology will help doctors ensure patients are taking their prescribed medication.

Attorney: School needs lesson on Fourth Amendment

Attorney: School needs lesson on Fourth Amendment

A public school district in Indiana has announced it will drug test students participating in extracurricular activities, a policy that is being criticized by a longtime civil liberties attorney.

4 Benefits of a World with Less Privacy

4 Benefits of a World with Less Privacy

Even today, just about every American has already unwittingly opted out of privacy for the convenience of surfing the web, monitoring their physical activity with fitness trackers, or receiving digital discounts at the grocery store, among many other online activities.