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[ISN] NSW Bikie gangs' encrypted BlackBerrys beat law

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Mon Feb 07 2011 - 09:06:28 GMT

By Natalie O'Brien
The Sydney Morning Herald
February 6, 2011

Bikie gangs and organised crime groups are believed to have foiled
police attempts to tap their phones by importing untraceable, encrypted
BlackBerrys from Mexico.

The telecommunications black hole exploited by the Comanchero gang and
drug cartels has come to light after countries around the world -
worried about terrorism and national security - threatened to ban
BlackBerrys unless they were given the codes to break the encryption on
emails and messages. Advertisement: Story continues below

This website understands that the Comanchero have linked up with a
Mexican drug cartel importing cocaine into Australia and are sharing

''There is nothing strange in organised crime having better access to
technology than the authorities,'' said Michael Kennedy, a former NSW
detective and an academic at the University of Western Sydney. ''The
bikies are becoming more entrepreneurial and, after all, organised crime
is a business enterprise. Crime groups will share technology if it helps

The Comanchero are thought to use the Mexican phones with global roam
activated. It costs a great deal of money to constantly use the roaming
facility but for criminals, communications that cannot be monitored are


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