The Dutch police have cracked Encrochat's secure phones and have read along with 20 million chat messages between criminals in recent months. More than 100 suspects have been arrested and various liquidations and kidnappings have been prevented.
The investigation was conducted together with the French investigative services. Despite concerns about security, Encrochat phones have been very popular in the underworld for quite some time because they promise secure and anonymous communication. 12,000 of these aircraft were active in the Netherlands.
The rumor that Encrochat had been hacked by the police had been going on for some time: last month, people with an Encrochat phone were notified that their device was no longer safe. "We recommend that you turn off your phone and throw it away," the message said.
The police have used a 'technical device' to crack the encryption of millions of chat conversations. As a result, hundreds of detectives were able to follow the conversations live from 1 April. Messages were scored with algorithms.