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A company that sells encrypted phones was run by criminal lords



You may have heard the hen fox idiom – but what about that encrypted drug company run by drug lords?

Well, this is obviously not an idiom, but it is a true story chronicled by Vice Joseph Cox. In the story, Cox recounts how MPC – a seemingly non-existent company that apparently sold phones, tablets and computers running consumer firmware with significant encryption protection – was ultimately controlled by two big criminal Kingpins, known as The Brothers.

As Cox's report explains, The Brothers apparently first purchased and used encrypted BlackBerrys before hiring developers to build a custom operating system that could theoretically offer them even more privacy and load it on phones. The story does not tell what type of phones the Brothers use (d), but MPC has sold Nexus 5 and 5X phones loaded with a custom operating system that appears to be the same one paid for by The Brothers.

MPC even marketed non-private clients to look more legitimate, using images of Edward Snowden in their marketing, for example. MPC also offered to pay Cox to make a paid evaluation of the MPC device. (Cox declined to accept the payment, though he expressed potential interest in getting more details from the company. MPC never sent him a device.)

This is a compelling and horrifying story at times (warning: describes a murder), but you should read it .


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