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June 9, 2021

The FBI announced that an international sting called Operation Trojan Shield has accomplished one of the biggest busts of all time, taking down about 800 international criminals in 48 hours. It also resulted in the destruction of more than 50 drug labs, and the seizure of 250 guns, 55 luxury cars, $32 million worth of drugs and $48 million in various currencies. And it was all thanks to the crooks being more addicted to texting than a 14-year-old girl.

The feds realized that crooks rely on stripped-down devices with no phones or GPS so they can’t be traced, but they can access highly-encrypted text messaging services. So unbeknownst to the criminals, the FBI created such a service, called it ANOM, and touted it as the most secure ever created. Before long, it was being used by more than 300 criminal syndicates in 100 countries. After gathering more than 27 million messages' worth of evidence, 9,000 officers converged Monday on 700 locations in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand to make raids and arrests.

ANOM has been shut down, but as the story at the link notes, criminals will now have to worry whether the next communications service they join will have someone spying on their every word. Hey, join the club, pals!

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  • Darrel

    06/13/2021 01:48 PM

    In regards to the revision of Texas history, try this story on for size: in Texas a man was high on a bridge preparing to jump. A well meaning southern belle said wait: remember your wife. I’m divorced.
    Remember your parents. There both dead.
    In exasperation: remember the Alamo.
    The what?
    Her reply: Go ahead and jump you yankee!

  • carole braden

    06/12/2021 02:20 PM

    just when i was thinking the fbi was useless

  • Sharon Faulkner

    06/10/2021 03:39 PM

    Considering what the Aussie and U.S Governments consider criminal these days I doubt anything they say.

  • Marie Krause

    06/10/2021 02:48 PM

    Praise God that those people have been caught. Praying for more action in the same direction. Most mental illness is caused by this atrocity.

  • Robert Marshall

    06/10/2021 01:15 PM

    I guess since the FBI has had Hunter's lap top for some time now they let him slide on his coke habit?

  • Paul E Lindsey

    06/10/2021 12:18 PM

    Did the FBI or ANOM find any email communications concerning the "2020 vote" issues or the 1/6/21 siege on the Capitol?

  • Anne Turner

    06/10/2021 10:51 AM

    Thank you so much for starting my day off with a good laugh. “Birthing people”!
    I do appreciate you sense of humor even when unintended.

    Maybe there is hope for the FBI yet. Do you suppose they are back to doing the job they have done so well in the past?

  • Michael Osborne

    06/10/2021 08:33 AM

    Regarding these busts, where do the monies, cars, etc., go after the busts? I suppose it goes back to the government so they Can spend the money mercilessly? They’re just as corrupt as those they bust. I don’t have a trust in these rogue agencies any more! Sadly.

  • Ron Adkins

    06/10/2021 07:17 AM

    Good work on the Part of Law Enforcement. Will there be a list of all those who were arrested in the United States, what they were charged with, and the final outcome?

  • gregory mccann

    06/10/2021 01:26 AM

    It’s good to see the FBI do something helpful, the best thing they’ve done in quite a long time.