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Belgian Police have Breached the Encryption of Xrypt Phone to Crackdown Criminals

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In a similar operation conducted on Sky ECC network back in 2021, 23 hardcore criminals have been taken to task this time.

Criminals often use encrypted networks for their discreet communication, having no clue that it can be compromised by tech experts who are a step ahead in cracking codes. Law enforcement agencies are constantly on the move, keeping tabs on criminal activities that dwell in the background, far from the eyes of law, with the idea of going unnoticed. Many such operations have been conducted by law enforcement agencies in the past involving the use of technology which has helped in tightening the grip on criminal activities. In a recent operation, the Belgian police raided several hideouts of those who were tracked down due to their communication over encrypted phones by Xrypt. The devices were programmed to erase users data within seconds of being sent, but unfortunately the data was recorded on the network’s servers which worked against the criminals who were using it as the officials decrypted the chat messages and notes stored on the servers and booked those who were suspected of running various criminal activities including drug dealings, illegal firearms dealings and even plotting murders.

According to reports, 23 criminals have been arrested so far as they have been found guilty of running various illegal activities. It has been found that the police tracked the suspected criminals based on their phone’s IMEI number & cellphone tower location. The phones had IMEI changing feature which helped the police zero down the notorious 23. Also, these gang members paid high subscription charges to use the decrypted services, which helped lawmakers keep an eagle’s eye before acting on them. The decrypted messages and notes carried confidential information about drug distributors and clients, and also had loads of information about firearm deals and murder plots. The officials have been keeping a close eye on Xrypt users since a long time, having found many instances where the communication of users is directed towards criminal activities. As many might be able to recall, a similar crackdown was initiated way back in 2021 on Sky ECC network, whose users were also involved in criminal activities.

The decryption of Xrypt’s network has opened up a can of worms as many illegal businesses and activities of its users have come to light, which might lead to many more arrests in the coming days.

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Top Road Trip Destinations in Canada

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Did you know that 1.93 million Americans traveled to Canada in 2020? That number was down year-over-year due to COVID-related travel restrictions. 

While some Americans visit the Great White North via plane, others prefer road trips. It can be fun to plan an itinerary, book a hotel, pack the luggage, load your family into the car, and head to the border. But if a road trip to Canada is in the plans for you and yours this summer, what Canadian destinations are worth the potentially thousands of miles of driving? Keep reading to learn about the top road trip destinations in Canada.

Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan

Grasslands National Park is one of Canada’s 44 national parks and park reserves. Whether you’re an earlier bird or a night owl, the national park in Southern Saskatchewan provides an ideal prairie landscape. It’s the perfect place to unwind, immerse yourself in nature, and recalibrate your life.

Enjoy the great outdoors on a campsite, or take part in hiking adventures by exploring trails. The solitude and breathtaking beauty of this national park will leave you in awe. Make time for the Ecotour Scenic Drive. It’s about 20 km (around 12.5 miles) long and will take one to three hours to complete depending on your pace. 

Toronto to Stratford, Ontario

If there’s one Canadian city most Americans have heard of, it’s Toronto. Toronto, the capital of Ontario, is the fourth largest city on the continent. It’s also home to the only authentic castle in North America. Casa Loma, located in midtown Toronto, is worth the visit. So, too, is the CN Tower, which is the biggest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. The city also has citizens representing 200+ ethnic groups. 

While there’s plenty to see and do in Toronto, why stop there? It’s a good idea to include a Toronto-to-Stratford excursion while on your road trip to Canada. You must travel 150 km (about 93 miles ) west to get to Stratford. You’ll see Victorian architecture and get to take in the live theater. Most Americans probably haven’t heard of Stratford before. But when you come for a visit, there’s a good possibility you won’t ever forget it.

North Cape Coastal Drive, Prince Edward Island

If you haven’t ever taken a road trip to Prince Edward Island, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s Canada’s smallest province, but it sure offers a boatload of fun. Are you a foodie or do you like to indulge in the local cuisine when traveling? Check out the western peninsula. You can delight your tastebuds with the range of food available. 

Make time to visit the Canadian Potato Museum in the province. After taking in the sites and attractions at the museum, enjoy a meal at the onsite PEI Potato Country Kitchen. The menu has items like the chili topped baked potato, which features a baked potato, homemade chili, and cheese. Meanwhile, the pulled pork potato features a baked potato topped with pulled pork, cheese, and sour cream on the side. That’s just a sampling, and all baked potato dishes are served with fresh-cut, homemade chips.

If you’re intersted in a U.S. to Canada road trip this year, the options above will give you some ideas. The sky’s the limit since there’s so much to see and do. 

You’ll want to ensure your vehicle is in good working order to avoid breakdowns. You’ll also want to stay alert on the road since you’ll be traveling a lot of miles and spending hours behind the wheel of your car. 

If you get into an accident, you must know what to do. In addition to reporting the accident, calling your insurer, and possibly even booking a rental car to complete your road trip, you’ll want to contact a personal injury lawyer if anyone is injured. 

No one wants to consider accidents or injuries when on a road trip. But it’s best to hope for the best while being prepared for the worst. You’ll enjoy the journey and the destination a lot more when you’ve done everything possible to prepare for any possible issues.

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