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International Sting Leads to 100s of Arrests After Suspects Used an FBI-Created Encrypted Device

HeadlineJun 09, 2021

A sweeping international sting operation has led to over 800 arrests and the seizure of drugs and tens of millions of dollars. The arrests came after the FBI and Australian law enforcement developed their own encrypted device company, ANOM, that was then used by organized crime networks in over 100 countries. This is Acting U.S. Attorney for Southern California Randy Grossman.

Randy Grossman: “The criminal users didn’t know that for more than 18 months the FBI captured more than 27 messages — 27 million messages between users around the world who had their criminal discussions reviewed, recorded and translated by the FBI.”

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