WILD: the @AusFedPolice & @FBI secretly ran a backdoored encrypted phone service.. for criminals.

Got thousands of users around globe

Now charges are starting to drop. THREAD

Report by @josephfcox: vice.com/en/article/akg… ImageImageImageImage
2/ A confidential human source on @FBI payroll since 2018... gifted them a nascent encrypted communications company aimed at criminal customers.

The FBI then baked in a backdoor, which sent a decryption key alongside each "encrypted" message... and began distribution. ImageImage
@FBI 3/ Trust is hard when you are a criminal.. so #trojanshield used known distributors...to get it rolling.

They even called their early project a "beta test"

Fascinating details: @FBI & @AusFedPolice coordination & MLATs to underpin this... plus a cooperating third country. ImageImageImage
4/ Ultimately, #Trojanshield's utterly-backdoored chat program was on ~11,800 devices in 90 countries... and in the pockets of people connected to 300 Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs)

Highest user counts in:🇩🇪🇳🇱🇪🇸🇦🇺🇷🇸 Image
5/ Observation: typically you have to balance the value of disrupting criminal infrastructure with...the attendant loss of visibility.

Apparently not so here: Enforcement actions against other criminal phone services drove users right into the arms of #trojanshield. Image
6/ Example in search warrant: Kilos of coke in the French diplomatic bag 💼

Diplomatic pouches are typically immune from search under Vienna Convention...

...but have been the subject of trafficking scandals, from Argentina to Ecuador & Russia.

Curious about backstory here... ImageImageImage
7/ The examples are the day-to-day of transnational criminality: Coke stashed among bananas..tuna...pineapples, and cash to move backwards.

The whole search warrant, uploaded by @josephfcox is worth a read.
assets.documentcloud.org/documents/2079… ImageImageImageImage
8/ The website for the backdoored Anom app was...fun.

- "Why does Anom no longer use a VPN?"
- We don't disclose where are servers are.. but promise they are outside Five Eyes jurisdiction.

Also, a cache suggests that they left parts of the site unfinished... ImageImageImageImage

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Forensic investigation by @AmnestyTech
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We @citizenlab conducted peer review.

Here's an explainer THREAD.
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🚨MAJOR REPORT in collaboration with @MsftSecIntel
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