Phantom Secure boss arrested in California, amid products’ suspected links to Australian murders

The keypad on a BlackBerry handset.The boss of a company that supplied encrypted phones suspected of being used to plan at least two murders in Australia has been arrested in California, after a joint operation between law enforcement agencies in the US, Australia and other countries.

Key points:
Phantom Secure allegedly built an international client base of criminals
Company CEO Vincent Ramos has been arrested in California
Investigators have been told encrypted phones were involved in gambling, money laundering and drug trafficking
Vincent Ramos, chief executive of a Canadian company called Phantom Secure, was charged last week in California with racketeering activity involving gambling, money laundering and drug trafficking.

US authorities have argued that Phantom Secure operated explicitly to enable organised crime groups to evade detection while planning major crimes.

via Phantom Secure boss arrested in California, amid products’ suspected links to Australian murders – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)