Sunday, April 24, 2016

Holland's Hells Angel Leader sent to prison - Encrypted Network Busted

A court in Alkmaar sentenced Lysander de R., president of the Haarlem chapter of the Hell’s Angels, to 2.5 years in prison on Friday. He was found guilty of illegal firearm possession and assault.

De R.’s father-in-law, Frits P., was also sentenced to 2.5 years in prison on the same charges. The Public Prosecutor demanded three years against them. Their lawyers said they will appeal against the sentence. This case involves an arsenal of weapons found in P.’s shed in Haarlem in September 2014. The arsenal included a missile launcher, a grenade, a machine gun, a firearm, ammunition and stolen goods. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team had to be called in to defuse the grenade and rocket launcher.
The Hells Angels control much of the drug trade in the Netherlands, and are also involved in prostitution.
On Tuesday, the Dutch police service announced the arrest of a man allegedly behind the sale of custom PGP smartphones and the seizure of the network allowing their use. The Dutch police claims in its statement the devices are used “extensively” by criminals.

“Police today copied multiple servers in the Netherlands, The arrested suspect is the owner of a company in Nijmegen (a Dutch town near the German border). His company supplied customized smartphones and associated communications.” Toronto Police, which also worked on the investigation, additionally seized a server and mirrored information from it. PGP BlackBerrys have been identified.

19,000 registrants used the network.