Video footage released by the Dutch police shows elite Dutch DSI Special Intervention Service units and other police forces conducting early moring raids after the cracking of a global encrypted crime network known as Encrochat.
The encrypted platform was used by 60,000 people worldwide, including around 10,000 in Britain, British police said. The service pushed a message to all its users on June 13 alerting them that their systems had been breached and urging users to throw away their phones, European Union police agency Europol added.
The agency said EncroChat sold its “cryptotelephones” for around 1,000 euros each and offered subscriptions with worldwide coverage for 1,500 euros for six months.
Britain’s National Crime Agency said it used EncroChat data to launch investigations that led to the arrest of 746 suspects and the seizure of more than 54 million pounds ($68 million) in criminal cash, 77 firearms and more.
“Together we’ve protected the public by arresting middle-tier criminals and the kingpins, the so-called iconic untouchables who have evaded law enforcement for years, and now we have the evidence to prosecute them,” said NCA Director of Investigations Nikki Holland.
The DSI (Dienst Speciale Interventies; English: Special Intervention Service) is the elite police tactical unit of the Dutch National Police Corps. In total, the DSI consists of about 450 people, both police officers and military personnel.
The unit is unique in that it is a mixed unit consisting of both law enforcement and military personnel. Its main tasks are neutralizing any kinds of threats and arresting armed suspects. Since 2013, the regular ATs (Arrestatieteams; English: Arrest Teams) are part of the DSI as well.
Video Credits: Politie Landelijke Eenheid
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