The tracking phone was running changed Android

FBI Anom: The surveillance cell phone was running altered Android

The smartphone used by the FBI to track down criminals had a custom version of Android installed. The evidence shows that the system did not only monitor the conversations of the criminals.

The FBI’s smartphones, called the Anom, were sold to thugs around the world, offering a supposedly secure method of encrypted communication that the FBI used to track their plans. The operating system of Anom smartphones was ArcaneOS, which could be configured in various ways and essentially hid a modified version of Android, according to what the FBI wanted to achieve.

The FBI’s Anom Phones were Google’s changed Pixel 4a and Pixel 3a, in a business that changed hardware as surveillance progressed. Especially in the case of tracking down some drug dealers, there was a belief that they were using a completely encrypted device in order to feel safe so the FBI could easily find out everything about them.

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