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Since 2019, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation has strategically developed and covertly operated an encrypted device company called ANOM, in close collaboration with the Australian Federal Police, which has grown to service over 12 000 encrypted devices to over 300 criminal syndicates operating in over 100 countries, including Italian organized crime, outlaw motorcycle gangs, and international drug trafficking organizations.
The new platform’s goal was to target global organized crime, drug trafficking, and money laundering organizations, regardless of where they operated, by providing an encrypted device with features sought by organized crime networks, such as remote wipe and duress passwords, in order to persuade criminal networks to pivot to the device. The FBI and the 16 other countries in the international coalition, with the help of Europol and in coordination with the US Drug Enforcement Administration, then used the intelligence from the 27 million messages to review them over the course of 18 months while ANOM’s criminal users talked about their criminal activities. The OTF Greenlight/Trojan Shield operation is one of the largest and most advanced law enforcement operations against encrypted illegal activity to date. Over 8 tons of cocaine, 22 tons of cannabis and cannabis resin, 2 tons of synthetic drugs (amphetamine and methamphetamine), 6 tons of synthetic drugs precursors, 250 firearms, 55 luxury vehicles, and over $48 million in various worldwide currencies and cryptocurrencies were seized in a series of large-scale law enforcement actions carried out over the past days across 16 countries, resulting in over 800 arrests and the seizure of over 8 tons of cocaine, 22 tons of cannabis and cannabis resin, 2 tons In the coming weeks, a slew of spin-off activities will be carried out. Due to the high quality of the information acquired, Europol will be able to improve the intelligence picture on organized crime affecting the EU through Operation Trojan Shield/Greenlight. This improved information picture will aid in the ongoing endeavor to identify high-value criminal targets operating on a worldwide scale.

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