Nijmegen citizen who sold crypto telephones sentenced to 54 months in prison

Nijmegen citizen who sold crypto telephones sentenced to 54 months in prison

A 41-year-old man from Nijmegen who offered and traded crypto telephones for criminal use through his company Ennetcom has been sentenced today to 54 months in prison. According to the court, it is established that the man was targeting criminals with his company and that they actually used the crypto telephones supplied. There were about 40,000 smartphones supplied by Ennetcom in circulation worldwide.


For example, users could request to have their phone wiped remotely if they were stopped by the police. Messages were also automatically deleted after 24 or 48 hours. It also appeared that the company was trying to find out the method of the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) to 'crack' telephones.


"Apparently, the product development of the company was therefore aimed at staying ahead of the investigative authorities. Together, these factors mean that the company has developed a product that was attractive to criminals and also specifically intended for them," said the judge . A sample of the content of messages sent over the phones found that an average of about 75 percent was criminally related.


In addition, it was found that almost all of the users of the 800 email addresses identified at the time of the analysis were known in the police systems on the basis of long-term involvement in various forms of serious and organized crime. Furthermore, data of buyers was not recorded. Something that, according to the judge, was necessary when offering such a product.


In addition to the Nijmegen resident, a 36-year-old woman who, as an office manager, was responsible for accounting for the company was sentenced to a three-month suspended prison sentence and 180 hours of community service. The court finds it proven that she has issued false invoices for the company.


Operation

The operation against the company took place in April 2016 . During the investigation, the High Tech Crime Team of the police gained insight into the servers on which all data traffic was managed. These servers were taken down and copied. About 19,000 users of the cryptophones were automatically notified that the system had been copied by the police and under investigation.


The report further explained that the investigation focused on individuals suspected of serious crimes. For example, users who could invoke the right of nondisclosure could make this known. There was no response to this call, police said.


In the investigation into the 3.6 million encrypted messages found on the servers, the police collaborated with the NFI. The large amount of information could be searched using the forensic search engine Hansken. It involved a total of seven terabytes of data that was secured on Ennetcom's central server in Canada.

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