Hundreds arrested as FBI app lures criminals – BBC News

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More than 800 suspected criminals have been arrested worldwide after being tricked into using an FBI-run encrypted messaging app, officials say.

The operation, jointly conceived by Australia and the FBI, saw devices with the ANOM app secretly distributed among criminals, allowing police to monitor their chats about drug smuggling, money laundering and even murder plots.

Officials called it a watershed moment.

Targets included drug gangs and people with links to the mafia.

Drugs, weapons, luxury vehicles and cash were also seized in the operation, which was conducted across more than a dozen countries. This included eight tons of cocaine, 250 guns and more than $48m (£34m) in various worldwide currencies and cryptocurrencies.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the operation had “struck a heavy blow against organised crime” around the world.

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Date: October 1, 2021

41 thoughts on “Hundreds arrested as FBI app lures criminals – BBC News

  1. Victoria looks like she's been dragged through a bush. Life down in studio E os not so glamorous now her talk show got axed.

  2. Wow, so we're really gonna sit back and let them completely destroy any sense of privacy we have then?

  3. BBC bragging like something good was done.
    When bankers politicians ceo and the rest of the real crime syndicate is taken down then Bragg. But they pay your wages. So you gotta victimise the public instead. Pure evil

  4. If we could only harness the ingenuity of people that commit these crimes, our world would be so much richer and safer. Maybe we can put them to grow vegetables instead!?
    Oh wait, white collar criminals like politicians and corrupt police would abuse that system…..oops they already do, oh dammit!
    I guess we should just support addicts through recovery and take away the market for drug sales from the dealers. No customers, no trade, no crime.

  5. The war on drugs and drug prohibition is an infringement on freedom, is hugely damaging and is a ridiculous waste of money (taxpayer money).

    All drugs should be legalised. All drugs should be legal.

    The police, when policing drugs and other non-bad things, harass and cage people for doing nothing wrong. They cage people for providing goods to sovereign people.

    Most illegal drugs are relatively safe, or safer. Most illegal drugs are safer than legal substances like alcohol and tobacco. I’m not trying to demonise alcohol and tobacco.

  6. @01:01 More than 800 accused of "drug trafficking, violent assaults, murders, public corruption, money laundering, and many other crimes that are committed all around the world," and not a single CEO, lobbyist, or government official among them.

    That's criminal.

  7. Lol. Why don't they just use WhatsApp. Apparently it's "end-to-end encrypted" so what's the problem? Not even facebook can read your chats, is what facebook says so it's totally secure

  8. how dumb some ppl are… using an app on a smartphone/pc to do illegal stuff & dont even know who made/control the app?! …… thats just baaad !

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