Let's advance the story a bit w/ some original reporting: An FBI informant introduced Anom to Phantom Secure & Sky Global users in 2018. The informant gave each user a unique ID number, the FBI had full access to that ID list. Working w/ AFP, it was called Operation Trojan Horse
The informant offered Anom to three former major criminal distributors of Phantom Secure. AFP ran a 'Beta' test of the operation, tracking first 50 devices. All of those users were allegedly used it for illegal activity
The use spread quickly from Australia. AFP ran point, the FBI geofenced the US data and had AFP review the comms only for threats of life.
AFP and the FBI used a third country to review some of the comms since October 2019. Three times a week, the FBI got a data dump of the information. The third country stopped sending the comms as of today.
All told, there was 20 million messages from more than 11,000 devices that law enforcement had access to.
Some 300 transnational criminal organizations used Anom. After Europol took down EncroChat, users of Anom shot up three fold
This takedown? A result of Operation Trojan Horse. bbc.com/news/world-eur…
Operation Trojan Horse was an FBI covert operation that spanned nearly 90 countries.
Forgot to mention how they did it. Every message sent on Anom sent an encrypted 'BCC' to an iBot server outside of the US (3rd party country), where it was decrypted, then re-encrypted with the FBI code. Then passed from another iBot to the user.
Anyway, you all should read court records more often. Stories are just sitting there in black & white. (Waited for AFP to do their announcement till this thread) If you'd get continuous monitoring or training on how, shoot me a note here: seamushughesconsulting.com
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Here’s a quick Tuesday @gwupoe scoop: On Friday, the FBI arrested a Washington state man, Elvin Williams for material support to ISIS. A short thread.
Williams has been on the FBI radar for the last four years. First, as a minor when his school raised concerns about his alleged support for ISIS.
According to court records, a local mosque tried to ‘deradicalize’ him.
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A document was unsealed by a judge 4 weeks ago. In fact, DOJ proactively filed to unseal it. The judge agreed and signed an order. The document is still not accessible. A short thread about how the Russian govt screwed up the public’s access to its records.
Some background: the Russian govt hacked the hell out of the us court system. As a result, the courts implemented local rules which took documents off their system and put them in a secure location (airdropped laptop, thumb drive etc)

That’s all well and good. Except traditionally when you seal a document, there’s a time limit. It ensure the public eventually get access. With the new procedures, the public will never get access. Take my experience today as an example.
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25 May
Flying under the radar: There was an absolute sea change that happened post-Jan 6th for national security and counterterrorism (CT) in America. Not necessarily the event itself, but moreso how the US Government approaches CT have radically changed as a result. A short thread
There was a systematic review announced by the White House reviewing domestic terrorism approaches. According to the White House Press Sec, that review will be released in very short order. But it already has had significant effects.
First, the office of the director of national intelligence released the first of its kind assessment on domestic violent extremism.

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24 May
“…the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security released one of the more consequential national security reports you likely never heard of.”

Our assessment of the US Government’s domestic terrorism assessment with w/ @rohini_kurup in @lawfareblog


“For the first time, the FBI has put a solid number on domestic terrorism arrests in the United States. In short, it has been arresting fewer and fewer domestic terrorism subjects every year since 2015.”
“While there was some granularity in details provided in the report about arrests and deaths, there was also some bureaucratic circumspection. Congress asked, for example, How many people do you have working on countering domestic terrorism?”
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21 May
Short Thread: I've been thinking a lot about a Jan 6th Commission. I'm struck by FBI Director Wray's comments in Congress that they passed the 'Norfolk memo' to Cap Police. It raises this essential question. Was that the only memo passed?
If so, the lights were blinking red prior to 1/6. So If it was the only memo, this was a systemic intelligence failure within the Bureau. That should be addressed. If it wasn't the only memo, then the system failed to heed the warning signs
The FBI also testified that they did knock and talks prior to Jan 6th to try to convince folks not to travel. If that is true, then there clearly was some level of concern about that specific date.
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