IRELAND: CAB SEIZES €530,000 FROM COMPANY THAT SOLD SMARTPHONES TO DRUGS GANGS

The Irish Times on 4th December reported that CAB was granted a court order after a FBI tip-off on company that remotely wiped seized devices.  Canadian company, Phantom secure, created ultra-secure smartphones for some of the world’s most notorious criminals – hacking and modifying Blackberry devices, which were then sold on to crime and drugs gangs, including the infamous Sinaloa Cartel.  Cameras were removed, GPS and internet tracking disabled and the phones were locked into encrypted messaging channels, routed to virtual servers in Panama and Hong Kong.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/state-seizes-530k-from-firm-that-sold-smartphones-to-drugs-gangs-1.3719953

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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