NSW's top crime-fighting agency has admitted it is being outsmarted by criminals who use BlackBerry phones and online telephone services such as Skype to prevent their illicit conversations being taped by police.
Organised crime groups, drug dealers and bikies are increasingly leap-frogging the NSW Crime Commission and other law-enforcement agencies by simply using BlackBerry mobile phones and devices with special encryption technology that cannot be bugged or traced by police.
A senior NSW police officer described the ''sad reality'' that high-tech security systems have become widely available in consumer goods and cover most aspects of online life from credit cards to email passwords.
Police are concerned criminals increasingly are using basic encryption technology, through internet services such as Skype or Google chat, because it is impossible for agencies to intercept and record conversations that could then be used in court as evidence of criminal activity.
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