Dutch Police Seized 19,000 Users of Encrypted Communication Networks
Dutch police said that they have arrested the owner of Ennetcom who is a provider of encrypted communications for a network of 19,000 customers on the thought of using the business for prepared crime and shut it down.
The judges of Rotterdam ordered that Danny Manupassa, 36, be seized for 14 days throughout an continuing investigation. And the prosecutors said he is suspected of money laundering as well as of illegal weapons possession.
Prosecutors said in a statement "Police and prosecutors believe that they have captured the largest encrypted network used by organized crime in the Netherlands.”
A spokesman Wim de Bruin of the national prosecutor's office said even though using the encrypted communications is legal and most of the user of this network are supposed to have been occupied in "serious criminal activity.”
Ennetcom said in a statement on its website that the company had been required to "suspend all operations and services for the time being."
And the company said, "Ennetcom regrets this course of events and insinuations towards Ennetcom. It should be clear that Ennetcom stands for freedom of privacy.”
Whereas Ennetcom, as well as most of its users, are in the Netherlands and the group of the servers of the company were in Canada. And prosecutors said information regarding the servers in Canada that have been copied in collaboration with Toronto police.
The Justice Department of Canada said that the matter was under investigation as well as it refused the additional comment.
De Bruin said that the collected information would be used in the investigation opposed to the Manupassa as well as it is potentially in other ongoing criminal investigations.
De Bruin rejected to the comment on whether as well as on how police would be capable of decrypting the information which kept on the servers.
The prosecutors said, "The company sold modified telephones for about 1,500 euros each and used its own servers for the encrypted data traffic. The phones had been modified so that they could not be used to make calls or use the Internet."
And the prosecutors said that the phones had turned up constantly in investigations into the cases of drug, criminal motorcycle gangs, and gangland killings.
On Tuesday, all of the 19,000 users of the network were sent a message and they informing them that the system was being investigated by police.