National Crime Agency Rates a Success

I wonder if any of my ex colleagues from SOCA in their day had anything to do in it. That got absorbed into NCA. All in all a cracking piece of work. Well done all.
Visit Picos on Albert Embankment, they'll know. :)
 

Goatman

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1800 rounds and 77 weapons averages out at 23 rounds per weapon.
More than double the number of rounds I had on me when we rolled into Iraq on Telic 1. :eek:
That's what you get for being a REMF* :-D











* like me...so far back I had to send my laundry forward....
 
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Ah, advance to contact with several thousand rounds of ammunition that won't fit your small metal gun... That kind of REMF... Could have been worse, you could have been sitting in an air conditioned tent with a nice cup of tea at your elbow like a proper REMF, gently chiding a hapless trooper for forgetting the pink wafers :)
 

Joshua Slocum

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I see they are looking to arrest an Ex Solder Fatty Swales for selling the devices, otherwise Known as king Con
and a few hundred other names.
Johhny Swales an Ex Soldier and convicted criminal with more than 70 convictions is at present safely locked up after doing something dodgy on line to his ex partner

I bet a few well known names also crop up when the NCA pull him in

 
Interesting to see where the sequestered cash goes to. I recall in PM Thatcher's time, £1million being 'donated' to the Met Police compliments of the FBI following a successful drugs bust.
Our system, as was then, unlike the Irish CAB hadn't a clue how this sum should be processed. Talks about building a Met gymnasium or suchlike were the rumour of the day. I believe the money ended up in the coffers of the Treasury.
CAB money goes to the exchequer
 
There was provision for the Police to bid for seized money here the following financial year, once it had been determined how much had been seized. I think that was City of London Police who started that. There was in my day a very small Customs/ Police Computer specialists office- ( I won't say where,) but by the time I retired they were well aware of the nuances of the Dark webb for ATT purps. Point of interest for me was if we detained laptops we were told never to start them, get passwords but not to open them in case they been rigged to self wipe- i.e Password could be counterpassword. But that started out originally for childporn IRC
 
The not-so-nice Cloggies! Someone's been watching a lot of Tarantino.

'Dutch police have discovered a sickening torture chamber complete with a dentist’s chair and handcuffs.

'The “underworld prison” torture cell was kitted out with a dentist’s chair along with gruesome equipment including pruning shears, a saw, scalpels and pliers. Officers discovered the soundproof torture chamber hidden inside seven shipping containers following a huge hack of a Europe-wide criminal phone system.

'Police were able to decrypt messages from a EncroChat phone that included photos of the container and a dentist’s chair with belts attached to the arm and foot. Disturbing messages referred to a “treatment room”. The identities of potential victims – who had been warned and fled into hiding – were also uncovered. Six suspects were arrested after armed police raided a warehouse.

'Andy Kraag, head of Dutch police’s central investigations division said: “Six served as prison cells in which people could have been tied up and one other container had the sole purpose of being a torture chamber.” A video supplied by police showed armed officers raiding the premises, situated near the southern Dutch city of Bergen op Zoom, south of Rotterdam. The containers were soundproof and covered inside with foil in what police believe was a bid to make them invisible to thermal imaging cameras. All had handcuffs installed to the floor and the ceiling.'


 
Interesting. I can’t tell from the reporting whether the encryption was cracked, or the platform was hacked. These are quite different. If you just capture the messaging between devices and crack the encryption, then the baddies have no idea you are reading their traffic (like WW2 Enigma). But if you can’t crack the encryption, there are other ways to skin the cat, depending on how the target platform was built. Steal the keys, for one. But that’s insanely obvious.

Like WW2 Enigma/Ultra, I would have thought that reading the traffic in realtime would be so useful an Int tool that they would have rather not compromised that capability. Yet the platform realized they had been compromised themselves three weeks ago.

So double shoddy work at play. Red team for either using low grade cypher, non-random key generation or some architectural boo-boo that let the blue team in. Blue team for leaving footprints.

Either way, the operational outcome was as desired, if only short term. I’m sure another platform will replace the requirements of the red team’s customers.
I think we can accept that the West Country was involved in this matter. NCA (bless them) struggle to tie their own shoe laces.
 
There was provision for the Police to bid for seized money here the following financial year, once it had been determined how much had been seized. I think that was City of London Police who started that. There was in my day a very small Customs/ Police Computer specialists office- ( I won't say where,) but by the time I retired they were well aware of the nuances of the Dark webb for ATT purps. Point of interest for me was if we detained laptops we were told never to start them, get passwords but not to open them in case they been rigged to self wipe- i.e Password could be counterpassword. But that started out originally for childporn IRC
City of London Police have the national lead on Fincrime
 
I see they are looking to arrest an Ex Solder Fatty Swales for selling the devices, otherwise Known as king Con
and a few hundred other names.
Johhny Swales an Ex Soldier and convicted criminal with more than 70 convictions is at present safely locked up after doing something dodgy on line to his ex partner

I bet a few well known names also crop up when the NCA pull him in

A Kingo! Now there's a surprise...
 
City of London Police have the national lead on Fincrime
You'll forgive me If I have a quiet chuckle about such a Euphemism. It should rather be that they have a notional lead on what they think they know about Financial crime. If any Government in this country actually wanted it dealt with they'd need entire regiments. The more I found out over nearly fifteen years- the less I found I knew...
 

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