On 2 July, the Independent carried an article saying that police have arrested more than 700 suspects, seized £54 million in cash and tonnes of drugs. Police are said to have cracked a communications system called EncroChat, and this was used on bespoke mobile phones that were designed to be secure against police infiltration and examination. In April, an international team cracked its encryption. The platform was infiltrated by agencies in France and the Netherlands, and shared via Europol to partners including the UK. This has resulted in 746 arrests across the UK so far, including “high-value targets” and “iconic” fugitives who had previously escaped justice.
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