Trojan Shield, the biggest ever police operation against encrypted communications.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Dutch National Police (Politie), and the Swedish Police Authority (Polisen), along with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and police from 16 other countries have carried out with the support of Europol a joint operation against criminal activities worldwide.
The FBI and Australian Federal Police (AFP) ran an encrypted chat platform that was used by crime gangs and intercepted their communications. Authorities gained access to 27 million messages exchanged via ANOM by criminals that were discussing about their illegal activities.
“Since 2019, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, in close coordination with the Australian Federal Police, strategically developed and covertly operated an encrypted device company, called ANOM, which grew to service more than 12 000 encrypted devices to over 300 criminal syndicates operating in more than 100 countries, including Italian organised crime, outlaw motorcycle gangs, and international drug trafficking organisations.” reads the press release published by the EUROPOL.
Europol, including members of the Dutch National Police (Politie) and the Swedish Police Authority (Polisen), bragged they had carried out “one of the largest and most sophisticated law enforcement operations to date in the fight against encrypted criminal activities”.
Internationally, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom (including Scotland), and the United States joined Australia.
Swedish police have prevented more than 10 killings in connection with a major international operation called ‘Operation Trojan Shield’.
This is what Linda Staaf, police commissioner at the Swedish police, told a press conference on Tuesday about the action.
A total of 155 people have been arrested in Sweden.
Seventy suspects were arrested on Monday alone in Sweden. Police have also searched more than 100 addresses in the country. Many of those arrested have leading roles in the drug environment, according to Swedish police.
- The operation, where we carried out a major action yesterday, is one of the largest actions against violent crime and the drug environment in Sweden ever, says Linda Staaf.