The FBI’s Honeypot Fake Encrypted Phones Show online

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Photo: Olivier MORIN / AFP (Getty Images) – ANOM, which the office used to snare many criminals worldwide, is now weirdly sold on the secondary market.

About a month ago, it was revealed that an encrypted telephone company was indeed a front for “Trojan Shield” a gigantic FBI operation. The company, a real law enforcement honeypothecary, has sold a product named “ANOM,” a chat application that’s enclosed on specific hard phones that the office distributes secretly to track and track organized crime groups.

In reality, their networks were the FBI’s and other agences—the devices were designed in the office in collaboration with a high level criminal informant who had previously sold such hardened, encrypted devices to underworld networks. They thought that they were getting a safe, unavailing communications platform.

Now Motherboard reports that these phones are weirdly re-sold on the secondary market and appear in onlines and online retailers like Craigslist.

Online Forums on Android goods are overwhelmed with talk of how these phones are now circulating as cheap, used products to unsuspicious buyers who want an affordable device. Their original powers are removed.

“I bought that phone online and now I know why,” said a second-hand buyer to Motherboard. “I’ve got a ridiculously low price. “Some drug dealer probably used this phone:D,” they added.

“This phone is used for reading the message to the users by the FBI ANON[sic] application,” another forum user wrote in a malwritten PSA.

Most of the time, the phones appear to be no longer working, and many have been largely wiped off their creeping features. Who sells these devices is also unclear, although one can assume that they are borrowed by former users who try to evade the heat—or at least get some of their money back.

In fact, Motherboard managed to get a call from one of the people who purchased it on second hand. The outlet has shown some very interesting details and, it’s enough to say, it’s quite strange.

The phone looks normal at first glance: A user inserts a PIN to login to a home screen that looks pretty normal. The device is equipped with decoy apps, such as Netflix, Instagram, Snapchat, and Tinder, which don’t really work if you click on them. Instead, a user must reset the telephone and type a different PIN to get a functional interface. This resets the home screen and leaves only the settings for a clock, calculator and app.

If you click on the calculator application, you will have to enter a new login screen with the “Anom ID” and password prompted by the user. The telephone is ostensibly opened with its true purpose – to act as a channel of encrypted and clandestine communication.

The phone apparently also offers a “shortcut to what seems to be a wiping feature on your phone, with an icon that shows a piece of the paper going through a shredder.”

So, yeah, cloak and dagger things pretty well. Anyway, it’s probably best to keep yourself clear if you see a cheap and weird phone to sell in a web forum that matches this description. You either have a useless, ex-honeypot device sold or you may stumble into the next federal pit operation which both sounds like bad times everywhere.