FBI built fake phone company in global wiretapping operation of historic proportions

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THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL Bureau of Investigation built a fake telephone service provider for a secret worldwide operation that officials described on Monday as "a watershed moment" in law enforcem…
FBI built fake phone company in global wiretapping operation of historic proportions

June 8, 2021 by Joseph Fitsanakis

THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL Bureau of Investigation built a fake telephone service provider for a secret worldwide operation that officials described on Monday as "a watershed moment" in law enforcement history. The operation, known as TROJAN SHIELD, began in 2018 and involved over 9,000 law enforcement officers in 18 countries around the world. When the existence of TROJAN SHIELD was announced in a series of official news conferences yesterday, officials said the operation had "given law enforcement a window into a level of criminality [that has never been] seen before on this scale".

The operation centered on the creation of an entirely fake telephone service provider, known as ANØN. The fake firm advertised cell phones that were specially engineered to…
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