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‘Ready’ Messaging App Betrays Hundreds Of Criminals Worldwide | Voice Of America

A global operation that facilitated the use of an encrypted message application prepared by the FBI to organized crime groups helped authorities in various parts of the world to deliver a masterstroke against criminal networks that resulted in arrests and recovery of stolen goods and drugs . Police officials revealed this Tuesday in The Hague, Netherlands, that more than 800 arrests were made in the operation and more than 32 tons of drugs were seized, as well as 250 firearms, 55 luxury cars and more than 148 million dollars. cash and cryptocurrencies. The raid involved the FBI and police agencies from Europe and Australia, and took place in Australia, and countries in Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East, the sources reported. The operation was conceived in 2018 by the FBI and Australian police when US authorities paid a drug dealer in prison to give them access to a cell phone that he had prepared to install the encrypted message application ANOM. Cell phones were later sold to organized crime groups through underworld distribution networks. The FBI helped infiltrate 12,000 devices among 300 criminal groups in more than 100 countries, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigation Division, Calvin Shivers, told reporters in The Hague. ANOM became popular with criminals as a secure platform. Many distributed among their associates cell phones prepared for their communications. That allowed the police to jam messages about robberies, drug shipments and other criminal activities. Authorities said they were used by Italian mobsters, Asian triads, motorcycle gangs and transnational drug syndicates, providing the FBI and its allies with an incredible 27 million messages. According to a statement by an FBI agent, the operation also uncovered relationships between police and gangs, which fueled corruption cases in various countries. “Operation Trojan Shield is a great example of what can be accomplished when security forces around the world work together and develop cutting-edge investigative tools to detect, interfere and dismantle transnational criminal organizations,” Shivers said. Connect with the Voice of America! Subscribe to our YouTube channel and activate notifications, or follow us on social networks: Facebook, Twitter

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