New: Vince Ramos wanted Phantom Secure to be the Uber of privacy-focused phones—flood the market and figure out laws later. Then the FBI investigated him. Based on Phantom sources, internal docs, FBI files, years of reporting, this is "The Network" vice.com/en/article/v7m4pj/t…
The Network: How a Secretive Phone Company Helped the Crime World Go Dark
Vince Ramos wanted Phantom Secure to be the Uber of privacy-focused, luxury-branded phones—flood the market with devices, and sort out the law later. Then the FBI investigated him.vice.com
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But Phantom found a new home in Australia, where a gram of cocaine can go for eight times what it costs in America. Traffickers needed a tool that could protect them; Phantom made an ordinary wire tap impossible. So bikers used them to plan assassinations vice.com/en/article/v7m4pj/t…
We obtained an FBI document that lays out in unprecedented detail how the FBI and other agencies investigated Phantom. The plan was to plant an informant into the network, and work up to meetings with Ramos and the CTO (we are not naming CTO for safety) vice.com/en/article/v7m4pj/t…