back to article Oz Feds reveal distribution model behind backdoored 'An0m' chat app spread by crims

Australia's Federal Police force has revealed more about how it distributed a backdoored chat app to criminals. The app, named An0m, was revealed in June 2021 when Australia's Feds (AFP), the FBI and European authorities revealed they'd combined to convince crims the software allowed secure communications. The app ran on …

  1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    I can imagine the feelings of those who set the whole thing up having the details of their work being blown like that unless, of course, it's as distraction from a successor.

    1. Bitsminer Bronze badge

      On the contrary.

      The sophistication of a multi-level distribution system seems a little bit beyond the normal day-to-day of a police agency. I wonder who they subcontracted it to? Mary Kay perhaps?

  2. NoneSuch Silver badge
    Big Brother

    My Rule of Thumb

    I avoid any encryption algorithm or system promoted by the US government and validated by the NSA as being "safe to use."

    1. Mister Dubious
      Big Brother

      Re: My Rule of Thumb

      Iyay ickstay otay iedtray andyay uetray encryptionay ethodsmay.

      1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

        Re: My Rule of Thumb


        That's good. Have you published the algorithm?

  3. very angry man

    my oath

    The AFP's announcement of its progress also offers the observation that "Criminals have moved to other encrypted devices" and predicts "It is likely some large syndicates will develop their own dedicated encrypted communication devices and private networks within the next three years."

    My fuck'n oath they will they have just shown them just how profitable it will be, and if AFP can do it , it's not that hard.

    1. Insert sadsack pun here

      Re: my oath

      Ha ha ha true - but they've also destroyed all confidence in the market that anything can be trusted!

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