Hundreds Arrested Worldwide In FBI-Run App Sting

The Guardian reports:

A global sting in which organised crime gangs were sold encrypted phones that law enforcement officials could monitor has led to more than 800 arrests in 18 countries. Operation Greenlight/Trojan Shield, conceived by Australian police and the FBI in 2018, was one of the biggest infiltrations and takeovers of a specialised encrypted network.

It began when US officials got involved in the development of An0m, a supposedly secure encrypted messaging app, which was then sold to organised crime networks. The FBI helped to infiltrate the phones into 300 criminal groups in more than 100 countries, Calvin Shivers of the FBI’s criminal investigative division told reporters in The Hague.

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