Exclu’s encrypted messaging app has been shut down by police over criminal charges

The encrypted messaging app Exclu was dismantled and its founders arrested after reports that they ran a service used by various criminals, including drug lords.

Police in the Netherlands conducted two investigations, one from September 2020 and the other from April 2022, with the assistance of Eurojust, Europol, as well as police forces in Italy, Sweden, France and Germany. A total of 79 targeted searches were carried out in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium, of which 22 were carried out in the Netherlands.

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