The search warrant showed that the Mounted Police suspected of leaking secrets had advanced computer access rights
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police suspected that a senior member of their team proposed to disclose secrets, but in the months after they first learned that highly classified information about the investigation had been leaked, they still did not know the alleged leaker identity of.
The revelation was contained in a court document that was opened at the request of the police later last week. The fifth manor.
The documents show that investigators ultimately focused on a team that had access to sensitive information stored on RCMP servers “controlled by the RCMP National Intelligence Coordination Center”, and “access to its files was limited to RCMP’s Select authorized employees. ”
So far, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has hardly said in the investigation codenamed Project Ace that the investigation ultimately led to the arrest of their top intelligence analyst Cameron Ortis.
The affidavits and supporting materials for two search warrants – including pages of a large number of editorial and sensitive information that were subject to a publication ban before the end of Otis’ trial – revealed one involving the FBI and one currently in the United States. An intricate investigation of Canadian businessmen serving prison sentences.
Ortiz was arrested on September 12, 2019 and is currently detained in Ottawa awaiting trial.
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He faces eight charges of violating the Information Security Law and two criminal charges. Officials accused him of leaking operational information and intending to disclose more important investigation details, thus violating the Information Security Law.
As the Director General of the National Intelligence Coordination Center (NICC) of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (NICC) for more than three years, Ortiz is one of the highest-ranking civilian members of the Canadian Federal Police and can participate in sensitive national and transnational investigations.
Sell ??encrypted phones
The RCMP document also revealed more information about the arrest of Canadian businessman Vincent Ramos. His company Phantom Secure sold encrypted phones to organized crime syndicates and was a catalyst for RCMP internal investigations. .
The Royal Mounted Police of BC Cpl sworn an affidavit for these two search warrants. James Rowland was then sent to the Sensitive and International Investigation Department in Ottawa to help hunt down the leaker.
“The purpose of the current investigation (Project Ace) is to identify people who have communicated with Vincent Ramos and offered to sell him illegally obtained police confidential information,” Roland’s sworn statement said.
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Investigators focused on communications between the unidentified leaker and Ramos from February 5 to April 29, 2015, and sought two arrest warrants in August 2018 to allow them to sort out Ramos Numerous computers and electronic equipment obtained after the arrest.
Documents show that the BC businessman was arrested for the first time in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 3, 2018, but somehow escaped the FBI. Four days later, he was arrested again in Bellingham, Washington, south of the Canadian border. Arrested.
Fifth Manor It was previously reported that law enforcement agencies were inspecting a computer that they had seized during Ramos’ arrest when they discovered an e-mail that offered to sell confidential emails.
According to Roland’s information, “Since the RCMP’s computer system did not detect a data breach, this unidentified suspect is believed to be an employee or contractor of the current or former RCMP.”
The information further shows that in 2013, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police launched a saturation project, “in response to increasing law enforcement requirements to analyze PGP-equipped BlackBerry mobile devices. [Pretty Good Privacy] encryption. “
“These requests show that organized criminal groups in Canada and internationally have a tendency to use PGP encrypted mobile devices.”
Part of the focus of Project Saturation is Ramos and Phantom Secure. The BlackBerry phones sold by these two companies have been destroyed, and their internal work has been replaced by PGP software that the company called “unhackable”. Ramos sold his encryption equipment to organized criminal groups around the world, including motorcycle gangs in Australia and the notorious Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico.
The RCMP’s authorization information further stated that the saturation project was “led by the RCMP National Intelligence Coordination Center” and that “a large amount of data was obtained on Phantom Secure”.
Ortis was appointed Director General of NICC in April 2016. After completing his PhD at the University of British Columbia, he started as a civilian analyst for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 2007. He previously held positions in the Operations Research of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the National Security Criminal Investigation Bureau.
Ramos eventually pleaded guilty to one count of extortion and was ordered to confiscate 80 million US dollars. He is serving nine years in the U.S. prison in Marion, Illinois.
As part of the plea agreement, Ramos is eligible for transfer to a Canadian prison after serving five years in the United States
These Royal Canadian Mounted Police search warrants were opened two weeks after the opening of a multinational police operation that arrested hundreds of individuals suspected of organized crime worldwide.
The international arrests were due to the FBI’s interception of encrypted mobile phones suspected of illegal activities, which were sold to suspected criminals in an unprecedented three-year assassination operation led by the FBI.
FBI recruits drug dealers
According to the FBI affidavit published in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California earlier this month, the global assassination is a direct branch of the Ramos investigation.
The FBI recruited a convicted drug dealer and they are protecting his identity. He has previously distributed Phantom Secure mobile phones and is now “developing a’next generation’ encrypted communication product”.
In exchange for a reduced sentence, the source provided his new encrypted communication device to the FBI.
Acting U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman (Randy Grossman) said at a press conference on June 8: “The FBI has developed and operated its own hardened encryption equipment company for the first time, called ANOM.”
“ANOM’s distributors, administrators and agents are so confident in the confidentiality of their equipment that they openly sell these equipment to other potential users as criminals designed for criminals.”
As the scope of equipment distribution expands, law enforcement agencies around the world can secretly listen to suspected illegal activities, including drug dealing and money laundering. According to data from the US Department of Justice, more than 12,000 ANOM encryption devices have been sold to more than 300 criminal organizations operating in more than 100 countries.
Ortis’ trial is scheduled to begin in September 2022.
His lawyer, Ian Carter, declined to comment on the case during the court hearing.
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