Many tools in the “dark web” are used to work in the hidden world of Internet crime.  The ANOM messaging app was a tool that FBI developed so that messages appeared to be encrypted, but actually helped authorities track criminal activities & gather evidence leading to numerous arrests world wide

FBI uses ANOM messaging app to trick criminals, dealing “heavy blow against organized crime” – CBS News

Heavy blow against organized crime” after criminal “kingmakers” tricked into using FBI-run messaging app

Authorities in Australia, New Zealand and Europe said Tuesday they’ve dealt a huge blow to organized crime after hundreds of criminals were tricked into using a messaging app that was being secretly run by the FBI. Police said criminal gangs thought the encrypted app called ANOM was safe from snooping when, in fact, authorities for months had been monitoring millions of messages about drug smuggling, money laundering and even planned killings.

The app was part of a worldwide sting called operation Trojan Shield, which was led by the FBI and involved the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the European Union police agency Europol and law enforcement agencies in more than a dozen countries.

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