FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) confirmed that it was able to arrest the sellers of Anom encrypted devices, offering these phones to various crime groups.   

Anom Encrypted Phone Sellers Finally Caught By FBI: Here's How the Agency Discovers Them

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If you don’t know what an Anom mobile phone is, it’s a device that can provide users total secrecy when it comes to communications. This means that if you send someone a text message or give them a call, no one will ever know your conversation. 

Since the Anom phone can provide 100% privacy, some violent crime groups are using it to communicate with one another without getting caught. This is also the main reason why some individuals are using it to do illegal activities. 

To give you more idea, here are other details of the FBI’s latest arrest. 

FBI Arrested Anom Phone Sellers

According to Computer Weekly’s latest report, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s latest activity leads to over 500 arrests of criminals involved in money laundering, violent crime, drug tracking, and other illegal activities. 

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Because of the Anom phone’s efficiency, the arrested distributors described these devices as designed by criminals for criminals. On the other hand, here are the names that the federal agency disclosed: 

  • Abdelhakim Aharchaou
  • Edwin Harmendra Kumar
  • Seyyed Hossein Hosseini
  • Alexander Dmitrienko
  • Osemah Elhassen
  • Omar Malik and Miwand Zakhimi
  • Shane Geoffrey May

These arrested individuals were discovered residing in Spain, Australia, the Netherlands, and other parts of the globe.  

FBI Also Uses Anom Phones? 

Anom phones are not only used for crimes. FBI also used these devices to catch around 800 suspected criminals. PC Mag reported on June 9 that the security agency used an encrypted chat platform that accommodated various illegal actors. 

Thanks to the Anom company’s help, the FBI was able to use an entirely different strategy to tackle the challenge of encryption. 

“When we took down Phantom Secure in 2018, we found the criminal organizations moved quickly to back-up options with other encrypted platforms,” said Jamie Arnold, FBI San Diego Assistant Special Agent in Charge. 

Aside from normal crimes, Anom phones can also be used in hacking activities. If malicious actors can execute them properly, it can lead to massive breaches, such as the iConstituent breach.  

For more news updates about Anom phones and other security-related devices, always keep your tabs open here at TechTimes.

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