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…

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Phantom started very much as a legitimate firm. Ramos said he was concerned about email privacy. Phantom also sold to models, VIPs, nightlife crowd. It was a cool to have gadget vice.com/en/article/v7m4pj/t…
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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…
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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…
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The FBI eventually found its way in when Australian police offered a valuable asset: a Phantom phone seller who was working as an informant. This was their big break vice.com/en/article/v7m4pj/t…
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Replying to @josephfcox
I’ll never understand why anyone tries to copy Uber’s early strategy. They’ve yet to turn a profit & are still paying legal fees for TK’s nonsense.
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"flood the market and figure out laws later" Is the US surveillance state's strategy. google, facebook, oracle, microsoft, amazon, Are you blind?
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Would love to see a movie based on this
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crazily enough something very similar to this happens in better call saul!!
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Great read. Thanks.
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