The FBI is always trying to come up with unique ways to catch criminals who want to use technology to commit crimes. In the past, they introduced malware into a darkweb site used for sharing child pornography and now it turns out they even helped spread encrypted chat app that criminals across the globe used to plan crimes -and over 800 people were arrested as a result of what they said on the app.
The App that Worked Like a Trojan Horse
For years, the FBI was operating an app known as Anom -all from behind the scenes. While criminals believed the program was encrypting their messages and keeping them safe from authorities while they discussed activities ranging from drug trades through murder, the FBI was biding its time, collecting and reviewing over 20 million messages from nearly 12,000 devices.
It all started when the FBI took control of the communications company Anom right from the start of the company’s inception. They then used undercover agents from law enforcement agencies across the globe, most notably in Australia, to introduce the chat app to criminal networks. The system itself was designed with a built-in “master key” attached to every encrypted message, allowing law enforcement agencies to decrypt any message on the site.
No App is Safe
There is no known app that can be fully protected from hacking by the FBI or other law enforcement agencies and, in fact, as this story proves, the government themselves may actually be behind these apps. This is why it’s never a good idea to discuss something on a phone that you wouldn’t want a police officer to hear.
Silence is Golden
If you did discuss illegal activities on your phone or computer though, all hope is not lost. Do not speak with the police no matter how much they claim to know about the crime. Instead, insist on speaking with your lawyer.
Remember that police can lie about how much they know and, if the information was obtained illegally, your attorney may be able to have certain evidence against you withheld. That being said, if you confess based on what the police say they know, you will be providing them with additional evidence to use against you and a confession is a lot harder for an attorney to have withheld from the court.
Just remember that confession may be good for the soul but bad for the case.
If you believe you are under investigation for any crime, please call Peter Liss at (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation.