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Belgian Authorities Decrypt Half a Billion Messages on Sky ECC. More upcoming Arrests in Antwerp

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Sky ECC, which was shut down last March by its service provider, claims that its encryption was not broken but rather counterfeit versions of its app were disseminated through “unauthorized channels” by police in order to phish users. No matter the method used to intercept data, the authorities warned that the seizure “may not immediately end drug trafficking in Antwerp” because “other means of communication will emerge that criminals will use.”

More arrests have been made in the white-collar world for corruption, following the cracking of encrypted messaging service Sky ECC.

The most recent arrests include three women suspected of using their job positions to supply valuable information to criminals involved in drug trafficking.

One of the women arrested worked for the city of Antwerp, another worked at a port authority, and the third was employed at FPS Finance in Antwerp, according to De Standaard.

They are all alleged to have carried out searches for the criminals using the national register or other databases to which they had access.

An intermediary to whom they gave information was also arrested.

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