Leading Co Tyrone republican’s home searched in encrypted calls probe

A LEADING Co Tyrone republican’s house is among a number of properties searched as part of an investigation into organised criminality linked to the breach of the Encrochat communications network

BREACH: The high-security Encrochat handsets

The breach of one of the world’s most secure communications networks has already resulted in four people appearing in court in the North of Ireland, with dozens of other cases expected in the coming weeks. Encrochat market encrypted handsets and, while the technology is legal, the high degree of security makes the handsets  – which sell for up to £3,500 and can cost £1,500 for a sixth month contract  – attractive to organised crime networks. Encrochat sent an urgent message two weeks ago to all users to destroy their handsets after a cyber breach. Many of these cannot be used to make voice calls and use a WiFi signal rather than mobile networks, with users limited to text or picture messages.

NCA (National Crime Agency)

Users of the network received a message saying: “Due to the level of sophistication of the attack and the malware code, we can no longer guarantee the security of your device. We took immediate action on our network by disabling connectivity to combat the attack. “You are advised to power off and physically dispose of your device immediately.” Subsequently a number of people have appeared in court on charges alleged to be based on encrypted phone evidence. To date four people have appeared at three separate court hearings, charged with a range of drugs and weapons offences. A spokesperson for the National Crime Agency told The Irish News “We are aware of reports relating to law enforcement action taken against Encrochat, however we do not routinely confirm or deny the NCA’s involvement in investigations.” 

With many thanks to: The Irish News and Allison Morris Security Correspondent for the original story – a.morris@irishnews.com

Follow these links to find out more: https://www.hackread.com/encrypted-communication-provider-security-breach-quits-operation/

(2)-: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/5dz9qx/encrochat-hacked-shutting-down-encrypted-phone

(3)-: https://www.technadu.com/encrochat-says-europol-took-control-its-infrastructure/105286/

(4)-: https://mobile.twitter.com/NCA_UK/status/1278648910932840448


” Why don’t people ask  ” why are repubican’s Internment by remand iintroduced by England and approved by the Stormount assembly !

IN OCTOBER last year Emmet McElhatton’s uncle Kevin Murphy, was released from prison where he had been on remand for a year. Charges linking him to a bomb-making factory were dropped. During a bail hearing in September 2011 police described him as a member of the Real IRA‘s army council and the group’s leader in East Tyrone.

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Charges that stick to you for life and that you are unable to sue the PSNI/RUC for faulse allegations because they are the so-called rule of law. They can hold you on faluse allegations for one year then drop all the charges and you legally don’t have a leg to stand on as ” they are the so-called fucking law ” lol. In an inerveiew with The Irish NewsMr Murphy denied being a member of any repubilcan organisaton. In 2004 he was one of four men cleared of conspiring to kill police and British soilders and of possecession of a rocket launcher near Coalisaland RUC station.

Solicitors for the four said the men had been lured to the area two years previosly by alleged informer Gareth O’Conner. Mr McElhatton said the republican Damien McLaughlin had also been mentioned to him by people he beleived were MI5/MI6 officers. The Irish News reported last week that Secretary of State Theresa Villers revoked McLaughlin’s early-release licence amid claims he ” poses a risk of harm to the publc “. The 36-year-old is on remand in Magheberry Prison accused of supplying a car used by a group calling itself ” the IRA ” during the shooting a prison officer David Black in November. In 2011 he was released from prison after serving part of a four-and-a-half-year sentence linked to the discovery of guns in his car in 2009.

With many thanks to : Connia Young, Irish News.

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