I saw this on CNN today – For years, the underworld thought its phones were safe. They fell for an encrypted app trap: https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/08/australia/afp-fbi-anom-app-operation-ironside/index.html. Slightly longer article.
By Ben Westcott, CNN June 8, 2021
(CNN)It was supposed to be the underworld’s impenetrable communication tool, a digital safe space to plot crimes ranging from drug trafficking to murder away from the prying eyes of the law.
But for nearly three years, an encrypted app used by criminals was covertly monitored by the FBI and Australia’s Federal Police (AFP) — leading to hundreds of arrests and tens of millions of dollars in asset seizures, authorities revealed on Tuesday.