Crooks collared for using FBI's fake encrypted messaging platform learn the dangers of proprietary software

Actually, TOR was and still is (kind of) a pain for them to hack but it’s been done before, usually via distribution of a hacked client, trying to get one acting as a gateway. I’m sure it’s been done many times since =) .

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FBI paid renegade developer $180k for backdoored AN0M chat app that brought down drug underworld

The guy had also worked on Phantom Secure and Sky Global.


It was an international operation, involving police forces all over the world. So sooner or later it would have been leaked by a corrupt cop to someone. This operation could only go on for a short while.


We got close to a hundred arrests related to this in Finland, as well as plenty of drugs, money and guns confiscated. Also, the police found a 3d printing setup in a warehouse, making gun parts illegally.

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So now the criminals are going to make their own software?

There are two rules of encryption technology, that I know about and understand:
Never roll your own.
Never trust it if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.

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I would think so. The cartels in Mexico have made their own radio communications networks using kidnapped engineers.

Can-and-string telephones aren’t as secure as you might expect, as Bart and Milhouse learned.

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