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Phantom Secure boss arrested in California, amid products' suspected links to Australian murders

Posted 272 days ago | 12.03.18

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 Phantom Secure boss arrested in California, amid products' suspected links to Australian murders

The boss of a company that supplied encrypted phones suspected of being used to plan at least two murders in Australia has been arrested in California, after a joint operation between law enforcement agencies in the US, Australia and other countries.

Vincent Ramos, chief executive of a Canadian company called Phantom Secure, was charged last week in California with racketeering activity involving gambling, money laundering and drug trafficking.

US authorities have argued that Phantom Secure operated explicitly to enable organised crime groups to evade detection while planning major crimes.

Phantom allegedly built an international client base of criminals by taking BlackBerry devices, stripping out the camera, microphone, GPS navigation and other features, and installing encryption software, making them difficult for law enforcement to crack.

It is believed that the encrypted devices were used in the planning of a number of murders in Australia, including that of Sydney Hells Angels member Tyrone Slemnik in 2013, and drug cook and Hells Angels associate Roy Yaghi in 2012.

But as the arrest warrant for Mr Ramos shows, the Australian link to Phantom Secure runs deeper than the two murders.

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