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Exclu, an encrypted messaging app, has been shut down by police in response to criminal allegations

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Encrypted messaging app Exclu has been dismantled and its founders arrested following reports that its founders were operating a service used by various criminals, including drug lords.

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