Last week was, for most Americans, a four-day work week. However a lot still happened in

the security world. The U.S. government’s cybersecurity agencies alerted of two vital vulnerabilities — one in Palo Alto’s networking tech and the other in F5’s gear– that foreign, nation state-backed hackers will”likely “exploit these defects to get access to networks, take information or spread malware. Plus, the FCC formally stated Chinese tech giants Huawei and ZTE as dangers to national security. Here’s more from the week. THE BIG IMAGE How authorities hacked a massive criminal phone network Last week’s takedown of EncroChat

was, according to cops, the” most significant and most considerable”

law enforcement operation versus arranged crooks in the history of the U.K. EncroChat sold encrypted phones with custom software akin to how BlackBerry phones used to work; you needed one to speak with other device owners. The phone network was used nearly exclusively by lawbreakers, enabling their illegal activities to be kept secret and go unimpeded: drug deals, violent attacks, corruption– even murders.

That is, up until French authorities hacked into the network, broke the file encryption and exposed millions of messages, according to Vice, which covered the takedown of the network. The situations of the case are unique; authorities have not removed a network like this prior to . Technical information of the case remain under covers, most likely until criminal trials begin, at which point lawyers for the alleged bad guys are most likely to

rest much of their defense on the means– and legality– in which the hack was carried brought. Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.