Hundreds of organized crime suspects were arrested in 18 countries after U.S. and Australian agencies hacked into apps used by criminals and read millions of encrypted messages, according to Australian officials. Was.
Operation by Australian police and FBI Suspects involved in global drug trafficking have been arrested in Australia, Asia, South America and the Middle East, officials said.
Named the Operation Trojan Shield by the FBI, it was one of the largest intrusions and hijackings of special crypto networks.
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the operation “has hit organized crime. It will resonate not only in this country, but around the world.”
“This is a turning point in Australian law enforcement history, Morrison told reporters in Sydney.
Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw said hundreds of suspects were found in police attacks in 18 countries. Europol and the FBI said on social media that they will hold a press conference later on Tuesday.
Australia said it had arrested 224 people, including members of an illegal motorcycle gang, and New Zealand said it had detained 35 people.
In this operation, envisioned by Australian police and the FBI in 2018, US officials controlled the messaging app An0m used by organized crime networks.
Police were able to monitor their messages when Australian Underworld people began distributing customized phones, including apps, to colleagues as a secure means of communication. The gang believed that the system was secure because the phone had no other features, no voice or camera features were loaded, and the app was encrypted.
“We are behind organized crime,” Kershaw said in the same media briefing. “They are talking about drugs, violence, beating each other, and innocent people being killed.”
He said the message was brazen and did not try to hide behind any kind of cryptography. “It was something to see, such as’See you on a speedboat at this point’and’It’s this person who does this.'”
Kershaw said a person in Australia’s underworld who had fled the country “essentially set up his colleagues” by distributing phones. “The sooner he reaches out, the sooner he reaches out.” , Better results for him and his family, “he said.
One murder plan known to the authorities included a plan to attack the cafe with a machine gun, targeting a family of five. Authorities say they were able to prevent these attacks.
Police executed the largest number of search warrants in Australia in one day on Monday, seizing 104 firearms, including military-grade sniper rifles, and approximately A $ 45 million (£ 25 million) in cash. About A $ 7 million was found in a vault buried under a shed on the outskirts of Sydney.
A total of 525 charges have been filed, but authorities expect more in the coming weeks.
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