The arrests would have mainly taken place in the south of the country, a source confirms to RTL Nieuws after reporting by Het Parool. It would be the company Exclu Messenger, which offers the possibility to send so-called encrypted messages.
Exclu Messenger is not the first company to be brought down in the Netherlands. This was previously the case with Ennetcom. Its users, many of whom were criminals, used PGP messages (PGP stands for ‘Pretty Good Privacy’) to pretend they were unobserved.
In April 2016, Ennetcom’s BlackBerry Enterprise servers in Canada were seized and the investigative services managed to crack the encryption codes.
Treasure of information
The police and judiciary were thus able to view millions of messages from the period 2011 and 2016 and thus obtained a wealth of information about criminal gangs.
Decrypted emails are regarded by the Dutch courts as legally obtained evidence and, according to the police, can be decisive in investigations into serious crime.
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