- Well-known names said to be among 60,000 users of the secret system
- EncroChat devices are not illegal and having one is not a criminal offence
- Lawyer says the network was ideal for rich and innocent who wanted privacy
- Investigators hacked the system to find crooks and discover their illegal plots
- Users not involved in any crimes are worried if their messages have been seen
- Royalty and politicians are among celebrities and wealthy business figures who used the SAME secret phone network smashed by police to track down 746 UK crime kingpins.
- EncroChat was a secret platform where users were able to communicate privately between specially-designed handsets.
- These devices, costing £1,500, are usually Android-based smartphones that had their GPS sensors, microphones, and cameras stripped out, encrypted chat apps installed by default to allow people to sent private messages.
- Marketed as the electronic equivalent of two people having a conversation in an empty room, it enabled users to send written messages or make voice calls through an encrypted system.