LONDON – A massive international attack involving 16 countries, including the United States, has unmasked more than 800 suspects, the seizure of 8 tons of cocaine and more than $ 48 million, officials said on Tuesday.
The FBI and Australian law enforcement developed and operated an encrypted device company, called ANOM, which was then used to gain access to organized crime networks in more than 100 countries, according to Europol, the agency’s agency. application of European Union law.
“Operation Trojan Shield is a shining example of what can be accomplished when law enforcement partners around the world work together and develop cutting-edge investigative tools to detect, disrupt and dismantle criminal organizations. transnationals, ”Calvin Shivers, deputy director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigation Division, said at a press conference in The Hague, Netherlands.
ANOM users believed the devices were secure, according to Jannine van den Berg of the Dutch National Police at the press conference. Access to communications from those involved in criminal networks meant law enforcement could read encrypted messages.
Users of the platform communicated in 45 languages on trafficking and drugs, weapons and explosives, armed robberies, contract killings and more, said van der Berg.
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Shields also said the operation mitigated more than 100 threats to life. Access to their networks also allowed law enforcement to see photographs of hundreds of tons of cocaine concealed in shipments of fruit and canned goods.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at a press conference on Tuesday that the operation “has dealt a blow to organized crime – not just in this country, but which will echo organized crime around the world”.