This is the warning that sent shockwaves through Britain’s criminal underworld after police penetrated an encrypted phone network for ‘untouchable’ crime bosses.
Users of EncroChat were left reeling after it told users on that international crime fighting agencies reportedly cracked the encryption.
The Dutch phone messaging company charges around £1,500-a-month for a high-security message service that was thought to be impenetrable to investigators, reports the Liverpool Echo.
But this assumption was shattered when customers were told too turn off and dump their phones after police managed to breach the system for around 30 minutes.
Sources who spoke with the Liverpool Echo also verified the message to the which reads:“Today we had our domains seized by government entities.
“They repurposed our domains to launch an attack to comprise carbon units. With control of our domain they managed to launch a malware campaign against the carbon to weaken its security.
“Due to the level of sophistication of the attack, and the malware code, we can no longer guarantee the security of your device.
“We took immediate action on our network by disabling connectivity to combat the attack.
“You are advised to power off, and physically dispose of your device immediately. Period of compromise was about 30 minutes.”
Encro phones, used by individuals involved in organised crime, offered a range of features designed to keep messages secret from police even when the handsets were seized during raids.
Customers could easily wipe their phones and only a complex series of passwords allowed entry to the actual encrypted phone where sensitive messages were stored.
The NCA has said that EncroChat was used by criminals to sell drugs, guns and organise murder.
The alert warning has sent panic and alarm through the city’s underworld.
The breakthrough has presented the city’s crime bosses with a massive dilemma.
The man who sent the message to the Liverpool Echo said: “Now is not a good time to be a grafter. Sleepless nights for a lot of lads out there.”
Yesterday the National Crime Agency (NCA) and local forces launched a day of unprecedented action as a direct result of the EncroChat hack.
Operation Venetic eventually saw 746 arrests, £54 million in criminal cash seized along with 77 firearms and more than two tonnes of drugs.
On Merseyside police have made 30 arrests over the last month and seized around £2m in cash, 25 kilos of Class A drugs, 450 cannabis plants, 28 kilos of Class B drugs and 1.5 tonnes of mixing agents and three firearms and ammunition.
The penetration of the phone network has let to one of the biggest days of action against organised crime in modern history.
Crime hubs in Liverpool, Birmingham and London have been smashed, and some of the biggest names in UK crime are now feeling the pressure.
It has also emerged that Operation Venetic has led to the discovery of plots by criminals to kill rivals across the country, including on Merseyside.
Yesterday Ian Critchley, Assistant Chief Constable for Merseyside Police, said the force had been able to prevent executions and kidnaps on the city streets.
He said that the force had been able to target individuals involved in the highest levels of criminality.
It has been known for weeks that police have unearthed a criminal plot to assassinate a number of men in the city as a result of the infiltration of the EncroChat system.
The Crown Prosecution Service is now leading all the Operation Venetic prosecutions.
A spokesman for the NCA said: “On 13 June EncroChat realised the platform had been penetrated and sent a message to its users urging them to throw away their handsets.”