Canadian who sold encrypted Blackberries to Sinaloa cartel among others sentenced today in California

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Canadian who sold encrypted Blackberries to Sinaloa cartel among others sentenced today in California

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Last Updated Wednesday, May 29, 2019 12:42AM EDT
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https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/canadian-sentenced-for-selling-encrypted-phones-to-criminals-1.4441716
 SAN DIEGO -- A Canadian man who sold encrypted Blackberry smartphones to criminals worldwide that enabled them to sell drugs and even plan murders while avoiding the prying eyes of law enforcement was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in prison.
 Vincent Ramos, 41, of Richmond in the Vancouver area was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in San Diego. He pleaded guilty last fall to one count of racketeering conspiracy.

 Ramos also was told to forfeit $80 million in earnings, which included homes, international bank account holdings, cryptocurrency and gold coins.
 Ramos ran a company called Phantom Secure that offered gutted, uncrackable smartphones that, for a subscription, could send encrypted text messages through a secure network based in Panama and Hong Kong.
 The company also could wipe the phones remotely if they were seized.

 Prosecutors said Ramos' clients included the Sinaloa drug cartel of Mexico and a global drug-trafficking and illicit gambling organization run by former University of Southern California football player Owen Hanson. Hanson is serving a 21-year prison sentence.
 Other clients were Hells Angels in Australia who used them to co-ordinate several killings, authorities said. Ramos boasted about his wares after seeing a 2014 news report that said use of his encrypted devices by a suspect in one high-profile murder had hampered the investigation.
 At least 7,000 of the phones were sold.
" The scope of this case is staggering," Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Young said, calling Ramos' clients "some of the most sophisticated criminals in the world using some of the most sophisticated technology in the world."
 It was the first U.S. conviction involving someone who provided encryption technology to criminal organizations.       Four of Ramos' co-defendants remain at large.
 "I am sorry and accept responsibility for my actions that have led me here today," Ramos told Judge William Hayes. He said he turned "a blind eye" to the use of his phones -- which were marketed as a tool for business executives -- for international drug sales.
 But prosecutors said Ramos set up his system intentionally to block interception of criminal communications by law enforcement.
 The anonymous clients used nicknames that included "leadslinger, The.cartel, The.killa, Elchapo66 and Knee--capper9," the San Diego Union-Tribune reported .
 In a 2018 text message, Ramos urged an employee to get a brand new Range Rover "cuz I just closed a lot of business. This week man. Sinaloa cartel, that's what's up."
Ramos was arrested last year in Washington state and his secure communications network was dismantled.
 Some 250 law enforcement agents from the U.S, Canada and Australia reportedly were involved in the investigation.
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Mica
9 years, that's all?  
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Ciro
Yep he will be back in Vancouver in 7.
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W the damn F????
 
The way I see it.... the more people that don't like me, the less people I have to please
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I read two different reports stating the prosecutors were asking for 20 years, and another saying 14, which is probably more accurate, 20 was the maximum.  I would assume he cooperated, but I am curious given the relatively high sentence.  Is it really possible he made 80 million, or is that likely a vastly inflated number the feds were using?
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Ciro
I think his whole crew made 80 million.   The money moving around Vancouver is in the Billions so I say yes.  
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he was an authorized dealer for blackberry .no way you can get that many units and not have anything to do with blackberry .that encryption was made for military use you need too obtain a non-hackable pin from blacberry to gain access to install any software .once blackberry releases the pin they take full responsibility thats associated with warranty on device also.wouldnt 2000000 pins for milittary use raise a red flag on your unbreackable military encrypytion system?4th amendment by a landslide.
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Ciro
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They installed there own mobile operating systems like sailfish os.  Blackberry os would removed along with wifi,cameras and gps. The phone would only use data and communication would be threw email and encypted pgp.  
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violated RICO and was pushing major weight .never evidence those where his servers . if in fact they where putting their own os operating system.
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Greedy canuck, if he didn't move weight he could of been set up to play his clients and got off with a fraction of this sentence, if he did time at all.
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You would think so. This is pure greed.  Blackberry had to know something shady was going on. But it wasn't long ago, Blackberry was in serious trouble. Android, and IPhones nearly killed them. Let's see how long they stay afloat now. They can't compete legally anymore, and now their shady cash cow is gone. Plus this publicity will make it tougher for them to get any gov or corporate accounts. That was their niche.
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I guess Blackberry has had a whole  revamp in the last year or 2 with a new CEO.Everybody thought Blackberry was going to go the way of the dodo bird (ie.extinct) with smartphone's popularity but they have totally restructured itself and are more into software development now at least according to the news.