Australian Federal Police and FBI nab criminal underworld figures in worldwide sting using encrypted app

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More than 100 members of Australia's mafia and bikie underworld have been arrested in the nation's biggest ever crime sting.
More than 100 members of Australia's mafia and bikie underworld have been arrested in the nation's largest ever crime sting.

As part of a three-year collaboration between the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), underworld figures were tricked into communicating via an encrypted app that had been designed by police.

The app, known as AN0M, was used by organised crime gangs around the world to plan executions, mass drug importations and money laundering.

Authorities were able to read up to 25 million messages in real time.

Police said they uncovered 21 murder plots and seized more than 3,000 kilograms of drugs and $35 million in cash.

Last night, more than 300 search…
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