USA: The FBI Tried To Get A Secure Phone Company To Create A Backdoor In Its Encrypted Network…! (Photo)

Not a great week for the FBI, encryption-wise. The same week it was revealed the FBI’s encrypted communications system was cracked by the Russians, a report by Joseph Cox of Motherboard details the agency’s failure to punch a hole in a phone company’s encrypted network.

The phone company targeted by the feds was Phantom Secure, a device maker with a business model that revolved almost exclusively around making secure phones for criminals. Apparently the supplier of choice for the Sinaloa drug cartel, Phantom Secure had been under investigation for years when its owner was arrested in 2018.

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