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GANGS AND OFFICIALS SET ABOUT SHARPENING their skills - in a fast moving world, and even faster changing technology fields. The endless seesaw contest is in the cyber air.

THE TECHNOLOGY RACE BETWEEN CRIMINALS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT is very, very far from over. Whether they were gangsters a century ago, speeding off in faster gateway cars, or terrorists and hackers in recent decades who shielded their communications through encrypted apps, criminals have perennially exploited technology to stay ahead of the law enforcement agencies.

But as of recent times, the law enforcement officials have had a breakthrough, in part, because they have learned how  to leverage two rapidly advancing technologies - encryption and cryptocurrencies that had previously been a boon for criminals.

'' You get a sharper sword, they get a stronger shield - the greed of the bad guys is always stronger than the reach of the good guys,'' said Tim Weiner, the author of ''Enemies : A History of the F.B.I.'' ''That's not just the story of the F.B.I. - that's been true throughout the history of warfare.

NOW, law enforcement agencies are seeking more access to digital devices, sometimes buying hacking tools from the private sector, and urging lawmakers to give them more power to track suspects.

LAW ENFORCEMENT GAINS : TECHNOLOGY HAS not been all bad for the police. Beyond facial recognition and drones, the authorities in the advanced economies, say, the United States use gunshot detectors and devices that simulate cell towers to surreptitiously connect with suspects' phones and determine their location.

LAW ENFORCEMENT also has an advantage in using digital devices. Despite claims from Apple, Google and even the Justice Department in America, that smartphones are largely impenetrable, thousands of law enforcement agencies have tools that can infiltrate the latest phones to extract data.

''Police and law enforcement agencies are facing a situation of an explosion of data,'' said Yossi Carmil, the chief executive of Cellebrite, an Israeli company that has sold data extraction tools to more than 5,000 law enforcement agencies, including hundreds of small police departments across the United States. The solutions are there. There is no real challenge to accessing the data.''

The police also have an easier time getting to data stored in the cloud. Technology companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft regularly turnover customers' personal data, such as photographs, emails, contacts and text messages, to the authorities with warrants.

From January 2013 through June 2020, Apple said, it turned over the contents of ten thousands of iClouds accounts to U.S. law enforcement officials in 13, 371 cases.


YET Intercepting communications has remained a troublesome problem for the police. While criminals used to talk over channels that were relatively simple to tap - like phones, emails and basic text messages - most now use encrypted messages, which are not.

TWO of the world's most popular messaging services, Apple's iMessage and Facebook's WhatsApp, use so-called end-to-end encryption, meaning only sender and receiver can see the messages.

Not even the companies have access to their contents, allowing Apple and Facebook to argue that they cannot turn them over to law enforcement.

The authorities' frustration has prompted them to focus on smaller encrypted apps favored by criminals. In July, the police in Europe said they had hacked into one called EncroiChat, leading to hundreds of arrests.

That pushed many criminals onto a  new service, Anom. They had to buy specialized phones with few working features, aside from an app disguised as a calculator. With a code, it would turn into a messaging app, Anom, that claimed to be encrypted.

In fact, the F.B.I. had created Anom. The bureau and the Australian police started the operations by persuading an informant to distribute the devices to criminal networks, after which they caught on by word of mouth. After three years, Anom had more than 12,000 users.

Criminals felt so comfortable on the service that they stopped using coded language, sending photos of smuggled cocaine shipments and openly planning murders, the police said. And when the authorities obtained court approval to surveil any Anom users, they could easily monitor their messages.

But when the police carried out hundreds of arrests and described the scheme to news cameras recently, the ruse was over. The authorities were once again in the dark.

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Technology, Criminals, Law Enforcement and the Future, continues. The World Students Society thanks authors Jack Nicas and Michael S Schmidt.

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