Police arrested hundreds of suspected criminals after tricking them into using a messaging app that was actually run by the FBI

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A three-year international sting operation spread the ANOM encrypted chat app among hundreds of suspected criminals. The FBI read every word.
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An international sting operation using a fake encrypted messaging app has resulted in 800 arrests.

The app was developed by the FBI and presented as a secure platform for organized criminals.

In fact, the FBI could read every word, piling up evidence against the suspects.

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Police around the world arrested more than 800 people in a vast sting operation where suspects were tricked into using a messaging app controlled by the FBI.

Officers from 20 countries convinced suspected criminals that they could correspond safely on special devices loaded with the ANOM app, officials said Tuesday.

However, the supposedly-encrypted system was actually passing every message to police, who used the material to apprehend a vast number of people.

According to a Europol summary…
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