FBI’s Honeypot Phones Were Used More Widely inna U.S. Than We Knew

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1-odda weirder stories from last yr involved a gargantuan fbi honeypot operation designed to catch crooks all ‘oer the realm. according to motherboard, that operation had a bigger imprint inna u.s. than originally believed.


during “operation trojan shield,” the feds used a secret relationship with an encrypted phone company, called anom, which sold devices exclusively to career criminals looking for a secure way to communicate with one another. the product’s developer, who had previously been busted for drug trafficking, agreed to act as a high-lvl federal informant and for at least two yrs sold devices to criminals while also secretly cooperating with authorities. meanwhile the fbi, along with its international ptners, intercepted all odda communications, which alloed them to capture evidence of widespread criminal malfeasance na' global scale.

it made for one helluva weird story when the bureau finally revealed wha’ it had been up to last jun, and “shield” led to the arrest of hundreds of alleged criminals in countries all round the realm—many of which are accused of using the phones to organize drug trafficking nother forms of organized crime. the arrests continue to this dy.

but there was one place that didn’t see any arrests, and that’s the ∪d states. due to legal issues, the fbi precluded surveillance of american usrs of the backdoored devices, apparently cause they were concerned that the operation teknically viol8d u.s. laws and threatened civil liberties—specifically the 4th amendment, which prohibits police search and seizure without a warrant. while a court filing revealed that at least 15 pplz located inna u.s. were known usrs of the trojanized devices, these individuals were said to ‘ve been geofenced by authorities conducting surveillance—meaning they were left out of the investigation.

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