[ISN] NSW Bikie gangs' encrypted BlackBerrys beat law

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 03:06:28 -0600 (CST)

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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