Global crackdown on organised crime after high-tech US-Australia sting

Global crackdown on organised crime after high-tech US-Australia sting

Global crackdown on organised crime after high-tech US-Australia sting

It marked the culmination of a three-year surveillance operation, dubbed Operation Ironside, whereby AFP agents secretly monitored criminal activities on AN0M, a messaging app that users thought was encrypted.

In Australia alone, 224 people have been charged as part of the operation, which Prime Minister Scott Morrison said had "struck a heavy blow against organised crime - not just in this country, but one that will echo around organised crime around the world".

Australia's prime minister called the sting a "watershed" operation that had hit criminal gangs globally.

Criminal gangs divulged plans for moving drug shipments and carrying out killings on a messaging app secretly run by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, law enforcement agencies said Tuesday, as they unveiled a global sting operation they said dealt an "unprecedented blow" to organized crime in countries around the world.

"The success of Operation Trojan Shield is a result of tremendous innovation, dedication and unprecedented worldwide collaboration", Shivers said. More arrests are expected.

Once Hanson was arrested in 2015, the San Diego FBI - with help from Canada, Australia and others - targeted Phantom Secure's CEO Vincent Ramos. More than 800 suspects were arrested and more than 32 tons of narcotics (cocaine, cannabis, amphetamines, methamphetamine) were seized, along with 250 firearms, 55 luxury cars, more than $ 48 million in cash and cryptocurrencies.

One murder plan known to the authorities included a plan to attack the cafe with a machine gun, targeting a family of five.

The UK National Crime Agency said it had carried out "multiple operations" as a result of the sting, code-named Operation Trojan Shield.

"We have been in the back pockets of organised crime", Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw told reporters at the same press briefing.

He said in Australia police had been able to frustrate drug operations and prevent incidents such as mass shootings in suburbs.

In Germany, the general prosecutor's office in Frankfurt said that more than 70 people were arrested Monday and drugs, cash and weapons were also seized.

A copy of a website sighted by iTNews dated March 21 this year criticised the operational security of AN0M, and said it used Google and Amazon Web Services features hosted in the United States that made it easy to track users.

Fugitive Australian drug trafficker Hakan Ayik was key to the sting, having unwittingly recommended the app to criminal associates after being given a handset by undercover officers, they said.

For years, ANoM provided law enforcement with insight into the wheeling and dealing of underworld figures.

As of Tuesday, the app was shut down with Commissioner Kershaw citing a "legal timeframe on this operation".

"Let me be clear".

The app formed the backbone of the operation, allowing police to look over the shoulders of criminals as they discussed hits, drug shipments and other crimes.

"It would be like, 'I need 1,000 kilos at this price.' Very brazen". "It's given law enforcement a window into a level of criminality we've never seen before on this scale". "There was no attempt to hide behind any kind of codified information".

Criminal figures also turned on each other once arrests were made.

"Because there's no doubt going to be some tension within the whole system about who owes what drug debt and so on".

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has revealed it was able to decrypt messages sent on a supposedly secure messaging app that was seeded into the criminal underworld and promoted as providing snoop-proof comms.

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