FBI tricks criminal groups into using messaging app, makes 800 arrests

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The bureau worked with Australian and European law enforcement to monitor plots to kill people and to sell drugs and guns. Then they swooped in.
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Global law enforcement agencies revealed Tuesday that they arrested more than 800 alleged criminals after convincing them to use an encrypted messaging app covertly run by the FBI. The bureau worked with Australian and European police to set up app company AN0M, got suspected criminals to use it and monitored their conversations.

The operation was known as Trojan Shield in the United States and Europe, and Special Operation Ironside in Australia. It exposed alleged criminals from South American drug cartels, Asian triad groups, and Middle Eastern and European criminal syndicates, as previously reported by the Washington Post.

It was conceived by the FBI and…
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