On March 15, 2018, officials announced the indictment of the CEO of Canada-based encrypted communication device and services Phantom Secure, along with four associates, on charges of racketeering conspiracy and narcotics distribution conspiracy.  According to court documents, Phantom Secure advertised its devices and services as impervious to decryption, wiretapping, or legal records requests, and guaranteed that the company would remotely destroy evidence contained on customer devices in the event of compromise by informants or law enforcement.  According to DOJ, there were between 10,000 and 20,000 Phantom Secure devices in use before the recent execution of a multinational law enforcement takedown of the company’s networks. United States v. Ramos, 18-cr-1404 (S.D. Cal.)

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