Tamia  Walter

Tamia Walter

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E.U. Authorities Crack Encryption of Massive Criminal and Murder Network

Four-year investigation shuts down EncroChat and busts 746 alleged criminals for planning murders, selling drugs and laundering money.

European law-enforcement officials have shut down an encrypted Android-based communications platform used exclusively by criminals to plot murders, traffic illegal drugs, commit money laundering and plan other organized crimes.

An international law-enforcement team from the France and the Netherlands cracked the encryption of EncroChat, a secure mobile messaging service that was “one of the largest providers of encrypted communications,” according to the U.K.’s National Crime Agency (NCA).

U.K. officials had been investigating the platform and nefarious activities of the criminals using it since 2016 through Operation Venetic, working alongside international law-enforcement agencies to share technical expertise and intelligence.

Two months ago investigators in France and the Netherlands cracked the network’s encryption, allowing law enforcement to listen in to criminal communications about selling and trafficking drugs, laundering money and murdering rivals, authorities said.

“The infiltration of this command-and-control communication platform for the U.K.’s criminal marketplace is like having an inside person in every top organized crime group in the country,” NCA director of investigations Nikki Holland said in a statement. “This is the broadest- and deepest-ever U.K. operation into serious organized crime.

More than one murder was disrupted as a result, authorities said.

“A specialist NCA team, working closely with policing partners, has prevented rival gangs carrying out kidnappings and executions on the U.K.’s streets by successfully mitigating over 200 threats to life,” according to the NCA.

The resulting collaborative E.U. operation ended this week with 746 arrests, and the seizure of £54 million (US$67 million) in cash, 77 firearms and more than two tons of illegal drugs, according to the NCA. Police also seized more than 1,800 rounds of ammunition, upwards of 28 million Etizolam pills (street Valium) from an illicit laboratory, 55 “high-value cars” and 73 luxury watches, officials said.

Little is known about who is behind EncroChat, but officials said it was solely used by criminals to plan illegal activity. The service’s owners apparently became aware of the criminal investigation last month, informing an estimated 60,000 users with a message warning them to get rid of their EncroChat devices because their servers—operating out of France — had been “seized illegally by government entities,” according to the NCA.

The service relied on EncroChat devices, which came with pre-loaded apps for instant messaging as well as the ability to make secure internet calls, with no other “conventional smartphone” functionality, U.K. officials said. The devices cost about around £1,500 (US$1,872) for a six-month contract, which included a kill code that could wipe them remotely.

published report in Vice Motherboard extensively details how authorities cracked EncroChat’s encryption and intercepted criminal communications to take down a major communications pipeline for criminal activity.

Criminals describe EncroChat phones as modified Android devices, including some models that use “BQ Aquaris X2,” an Android handset released in 2018 by a Spanish electronics company, according to leaked documents cited in the report.

To turn the phones into secure messaging devices, Encrochat installed its own encrypted messaging programs onto the basic device. The service would remove the GPS, camera and microphone functionality from the device and route messages through Encrochat’s own servers to ensure secure communications, according to the report.

Unique to EncroChat device was a service that a user could execute using a PIN to wipe the device if it was compromised. Devices also could run two operating systems side by side to hide nefarious activities, according to the report. If a user wanted the device to appear like a typical smartphone, they could boot it into a regular Android OS. To use the encrypted service, they would switch the device over to the EncroChat system.

Purchasing an EncroChat phone also was not a straightforward affair, with criminals describing back-alley deals with otherwise legitimate vendors to procure devices, according to the report.

Once law enforcement cracked EncroChat’s encryption, investigators basically had an unobstructed view into the activities of organized criminals, who believed they were communicating securely only with their collaborators.

Messages intercepted by authorities outlined clearly how criminal gangs allegedly directed members to procure money from customers, how to launder it safely, where to hide drugs, and when and how murders against rivals would be committed, according to the report.

The resulting arrests spanned a number of E.U. countries and the U.K., with authorities currently detaining alleged criminals in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden.

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E.U. Authorities Crack Encryption of Massive Criminal and Murder Network
Tamia  Walter

Tamia Walter

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E.U. Authorities Crack Encryption of Massive Criminal and Murder Network

Four-year investigation shuts down EncroChat and busts 746 alleged criminals for planning murders, selling drugs and laundering money.

European law-enforcement officials have shut down an encrypted Android-based communications platform used exclusively by criminals to plot murders, traffic illegal drugs, commit money laundering and plan other organized crimes.

An international law-enforcement team from the France and the Netherlands cracked the encryption of EncroChat, a secure mobile messaging service that was “one of the largest providers of encrypted communications,” according to the U.K.’s National Crime Agency (NCA).

U.K. officials had been investigating the platform and nefarious activities of the criminals using it since 2016 through Operation Venetic, working alongside international law-enforcement agencies to share technical expertise and intelligence.

Two months ago investigators in France and the Netherlands cracked the network’s encryption, allowing law enforcement to listen in to criminal communications about selling and trafficking drugs, laundering money and murdering rivals, authorities said.

“The infiltration of this command-and-control communication platform for the U.K.’s criminal marketplace is like having an inside person in every top organized crime group in the country,” NCA director of investigations Nikki Holland said in a statement. “This is the broadest- and deepest-ever U.K. operation into serious organized crime.

More than one murder was disrupted as a result, authorities said.

“A specialist NCA team, working closely with policing partners, has prevented rival gangs carrying out kidnappings and executions on the U.K.’s streets by successfully mitigating over 200 threats to life,” according to the NCA.

The resulting collaborative E.U. operation ended this week with 746 arrests, and the seizure of £54 million (US$67 million) in cash, 77 firearms and more than two tons of illegal drugs, according to the NCA. Police also seized more than 1,800 rounds of ammunition, upwards of 28 million Etizolam pills (street Valium) from an illicit laboratory, 55 “high-value cars” and 73 luxury watches, officials said.

Little is known about who is behind EncroChat, but officials said it was solely used by criminals to plan illegal activity. The service’s owners apparently became aware of the criminal investigation last month, informing an estimated 60,000 users with a message warning them to get rid of their EncroChat devices because their servers—operating out of France — had been “seized illegally by government entities,” according to the NCA.

The service relied on EncroChat devices, which came with pre-loaded apps for instant messaging as well as the ability to make secure internet calls, with no other “conventional smartphone” functionality, U.K. officials said. The devices cost about around £1,500 (US$1,872) for a six-month contract, which included a kill code that could wipe them remotely.

published report in Vice Motherboard extensively details how authorities cracked EncroChat’s encryption and intercepted criminal communications to take down a major communications pipeline for criminal activity.

Criminals describe EncroChat phones as modified Android devices, including some models that use “BQ Aquaris X2,” an Android handset released in 2018 by a Spanish electronics company, according to leaked documents cited in the report.

To turn the phones into secure messaging devices, Encrochat installed its own encrypted messaging programs onto the basic device. The service would remove the GPS, camera and microphone functionality from the device and route messages through Encrochat’s own servers to ensure secure communications, according to the report.

Unique to EncroChat device was a service that a user could execute using a PIN to wipe the device if it was compromised. Devices also could run two operating systems side by side to hide nefarious activities, according to the report. If a user wanted the device to appear like a typical smartphone, they could boot it into a regular Android OS. To use the encrypted service, they would switch the device over to the EncroChat system.

Purchasing an EncroChat phone also was not a straightforward affair, with criminals describing back-alley deals with otherwise legitimate vendors to procure devices, according to the report.

Once law enforcement cracked EncroChat’s encryption, investigators basically had an unobstructed view into the activities of organized criminals, who believed they were communicating securely only with their collaborators.

Messages intercepted by authorities outlined clearly how criminal gangs allegedly directed members to procure money from customers, how to launder it safely, where to hide drugs, and when and how murders against rivals would be committed, according to the report.

The resulting arrests spanned a number of E.U. countries and the U.K., with authorities currently detaining alleged criminals in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden.

#cryptography #government #mobile security #privacy #android #criminal communications #criminals #encrochat #encrypted chat #encryption #european union #france #law enforcement #mobile #murder network #secure mobile messaging #the netherlands #u.k. national crime agency

Desmond Ivana

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The E-Scooters Wave Is Coming: Steer Your Business To Success

E-scooters are becoming more and more familiar. The compactness, coupled with the skill of evading jam-packed traffics, makes the fast-paced world lean towards this micro-mobility innovation. Besides, with COVID-19 propelling the need for safety and privacy, you do not have drivers in an E-scooters ecosystem! With the system being entirely automated, people can smart-lock and unlock E-scooters without any hassle.

Various top manufacturers are spending quality hours exhaustively on their R&D to shift from fuel-led automobiles to electric power-generating vehicles. Although people hesitate to make investments when it comes to buying an e-vehicle, using such vehicles for commuting is no big deal. If you’re an entrepreneur aiming to launch an Uber for E-Scooters app, now is the time to roll up your sleeves as E-scooters are being legalized in numerous countries, including New York.

Now, let’s discuss the remunerative advantages of E-scooters and why entrepreneurs needn’t hesitate to initiate their E-scooter App development.

Lucrative Benefits of E-Scooters

Outplay traffic effortlessly: One of the main concerns of people worldwide is not reaching the destination on time due to prolonged traffic. With four-wheelers becoming more predominant, the situation is steeping towards the worsening phase. With its compact nature, E-scooters can help people sail past traffic without a sweat. This way, people conserve and utilize their time efficiently.

The environmental impact: As simple as it may sound, automobiles pollute the environment on a massive scale. It is high-time people raise their concerns against environmental degradation. E-scooters are the best alternatives from the environmental perspective. These scooters run on a 500W electric motor, eliminating any form of pollution.

Inexpensive in every aspect: The maintenance and fuel costs of automobiles is way too high as vehicles get older. However, with an E-scooter, all it takes is a rechargeable battery with less or no maintenance at all. Moreover, entrepreneurs get to enhance their profits seamlessly, even after providing economical rides to passengers. There’s only an initial investment cost that an entrepreneur needs to take care of.

The 5-Step Workflow of an E-Scooters App

While building a smartphone application, it is essential to focus on the platform’s workflow. An E-scooter app with a user-friendly architecture and immersive workflow can create an instant impact among the audience. Let’s discuss the simple yet intuitive 5-step workflow here,

  • Users register with the platform and locate E-scooters nearby by enabling their location preferences.

  • Users choose their best-suited E-scooters based on numerous metrics like pricing, battery capacity, ratings, etc.

  • Users unlock the vehicle by scanning the QR code. They initiate their trip and drive towards their destination.

  • Upon reaching the destination, users park the E-scooters securely and smart-lock the vehicle.

  • The app displays the total fare with a detailed breakdown. Users pay the amount via a multitude of payment gateways and share their experience in the form of ratings & reviews.

Features that make the E-Scooter app stand apart

Apps like Lime, Bird, etc., have already set a benchmark when it comes to the E-Scooter app market. You need USPs to lure customer attention. Some of the unique elements worth-considering include,

  • QR scanning - To initiate and terminate rides.

  • In-app wallet - To pay for rides effortlessly.

  • Multi-lingual support - To access the app in the customers’ preferred language.

  • Schedule bookings - To book rides well-in-advance.

  • In-app chat/call - To establish a connection between the support team and users.

  • VoIP-based Call masking - To mask users’ contact details.

  • Geofencing - To map virtual boundaries and keep an eye on E-scooters.

Capitalize on the growing market

Establishing your E-Scooters Rental app at the spur of the moment is highly essential if you wish to scale your business in the shortest possible time. Some of the reasons to initiate your app development right away include,

The unexplored market: The E-Scooter market is still in its nascent stages. Rolling out an app with the right feature-set and approach can help you yield unrestricted revenue.

Competitors are experiencing massive growth: Apps like Lime, Bird, etc., witness unprecedented growth in the past few years. Lime was valued at $2.4 billion in 2019. On the other hand, Bird has spread across 100 cities in Europe. With competitors reaping profits, it is high-time entrepreneurs needn’t hesitate to invest in this business opportunity.

The ‘E’ shift among customers: People are gradually moving towards e-vehicles as a measure to conserve time and environment. By rolling out an on-demand app for E-scooters that is economical, people will inevitably turn towards your platform for the daily commute.

Conclusion

In this modern world, saving time and energy is the need of the hour. Add to that the indispensable role of conserving the environment. E-scooters cater to all these aspects comprehensively. Make the most out of the situation and have no second thoughts about initiating your E-Scooter app development.

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Marlon  Boyle

Marlon Boyle

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Autonomous Driving Network (ADN) On Its Way

Talking about inspiration in the networking industry, nothing more than Autonomous Driving Network (ADN). You may hear about this and wondering what this is about, and does it have anything to do with autonomous driving vehicles? Your guess is right; the ADN concept is derived from or inspired by the rapid development of the autonomous driving car in recent years.

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Driverless Car of the Future, the advertisement for “America’s Electric Light and Power Companies,” Saturday Evening Post, the 1950s.

The vision of autonomous driving has been around for more than 70 years. But engineers continuously make attempts to achieve the idea without too much success. The concept stayed as a fiction for a long time. In 2004, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration (DARPA) organized the Grand Challenge for autonomous vehicles for teams to compete for the grand prize of $1 million. I remembered watching TV and saw those competing vehicles, behaved like driven by drunk man, had a really tough time to drive by itself. I thought that autonomous driving vision would still have a long way to go. To my surprise, the next year, 2005, Stanford University’s vehicles autonomously drove 131 miles in California’s Mojave desert without a scratch and took the $1 million Grand Challenge prize. How was that possible? Later I learned that the secret ingredient to make this possible was using the latest ML (Machine Learning) enabled AI (Artificial Intelligent ) technology.

Since then, AI technologies advanced rapidly and been implemented in all verticals. Around the 2016 time frame, the concept of Autonomous Driving Network started to emerge by combining AI and network to achieve network operational autonomy. The automation concept is nothing new in the networking industry; network operations are continually being automated here and there. But this time, ADN is beyond automating mundane tasks; it reaches a whole new level. With the help of AI technologies and other critical ingredients advancement like SDN (Software Defined Network), autonomous networking has a great chance from a vision to future reality.

In this article, we will examine some critical components of the ADN, current landscape, and factors that are important for ADN to be a success.

The Vision

At the current stage, there are different terminologies to describe ADN vision by various organizations.
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Even though slightly different terminologies, the industry is moving towards some common terms and consensus called autonomous networks, e.g. TMF, ETSI, ITU-T, GSMA. The core vision includes business and network aspects. The autonomous network delivers the “hyper-loop” from business requirements all the way to network and device layers.

On the network layer, it contains the below critical aspects:

  • Intent-Driven: Understand the operator’s business intent and automatically translate it into necessary network operations. The operation can be a one-time operation like disconnect a connection service or continuous operations like maintaining a specified SLA (Service Level Agreement) at the all-time.
  • **Self-Discover: **Automatically discover hardware/software changes in the network and populate the changes to the necessary subsystems to maintain always-sync state.
  • **Self-Config/Self-Organize: **Whenever network changes happen, automatically configure corresponding hardware/software parameters such that the network is at the pre-defined target states.
  • **Self-Monitor: **Constantly monitor networks/services operation states and health conditions automatically.
  • Auto-Detect: Detect network faults, abnormalities, and intrusions automatically.
  • **Self-Diagnose: **Automatically conduct an inference process to figure out the root causes of issues.
  • **Self-Healing: **Automatically take necessary actions to address issues and bring the networks/services back to the desired state.
  • **Self-Report: **Automatically communicate with its environment and exchange necessary information.
  • Automated common operational scenarios: Automatically perform operations like network planning, customer and service onboarding, network change management.

On top of those, these capabilities need to be across multiple services, multiple domains, and the entire lifecycle(TMF, 2019).

No doubt, this is the most ambitious goal that the networking industry has ever aimed at. It has been described as the “end-state” and“ultimate goal” of networking evolution. This is not just a vision on PPT, the networking industry already on the move toward the goal.

David Wang, Huawei’s Executive Director of the Board and President of Products & Solutions, said in his 2018 Ultra-Broadband Forum(UBBF) keynote speech. (David W. 2018):

“In a fully connected and intelligent era, autonomous driving is becoming a reality. Industries like automotive, aerospace, and manufacturing are modernizing and renewing themselves by introducing autonomous technologies. However, the telecom sector is facing a major structural problem: Networks are growing year by year, but OPEX is growing faster than revenue. What’s more, it takes 100 times more effort for telecom operators to maintain their networks than OTT players. Therefore, it’s imperative that telecom operators build autonomous driving networks.”

Juniper CEO Rami Rahim said in his keynote at the company’s virtual AI event: (CRN, 2020)

“The goal now is a self-driving network. The call to action is to embrace the change. We can all benefit from putting more time into higher-layer activities, like keeping distributors out of the business. The future, I truly believe, is about getting the network out of the way. It is time for the infrastructure to take a back seat to the self-driving network.”

Is This Vision Achievable?

If you asked me this question 15 years ago, my answer would be “no chance” as I could not imagine an autonomous driving vehicle was possible then. But now, the vision is not far-fetch anymore not only because of ML/AI technology rapid advancement but other key building blocks are made significant progress, just name a few key building blocks:

  • software-defined networking (SDN) control
  • industry-standard models and open APIs
  • Real-time analytics/telemetry
  • big data processing
  • cross-domain orchestration
  • programmable infrastructure
  • cloud-native virtualized network functions (VNF)
  • DevOps agile development process
  • everything-as-service design paradigm
  • intelligent process automation
  • edge computing
  • cloud infrastructure
  • programing paradigm suitable for building an autonomous system . i.e., teleo-reactive programs, which is a set of reactive rules that continuously sense the environment and trigger actions whose continuous execution eventually leads the system to satisfy a goal. (Nils Nilsson, 1996)
  • open-source solutions

#network-automation #autonomous-network #ai-in-network #self-driving-network #neural-networks

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E-Learning App Development: Types, Cost & Features

The growth of the online modes for students has increased since the pandemic. This growth has been possible with the help of E-learning software systems. This software has shown a future with more opportunities, even in this pandemic. This market will grow to a high of 350 billion dollars by 2025. Due to this pandemic, most education organizations have shifted to online modes. So, naturally, this means the need for E-learning software systems will grow. So, do you have a complete idea for your E-learning applications and are planning to develop one for your organization? E-learning product development is not a very difficult process to handle. To make the process easier for you, we have added the types of e-learning apps, its features, benefits, development cost and much more in this blog. To read more click on the link.

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