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Operation Venetic was a national operation set up in 2020. It was led by the National Crime Agency (NCA) in conjunction with partners from overseas organisations. Its objective was to take down the encrypted communication platform EncroChat, which at the time was one of the largest providers of encrypted communication.
This platform was used by criminals to:
- co-ordinate and plan the distribution of illicit commodities;
- money launder; and
- plot to kill rival criminals.
The takedown of the platform led to many successful investigations. Many organised criminals were prosecuted as a result.« Back to Definitions and Interpretations