In 2018, ANOM started its activity on the black market. It dealt with the sale of supposedly safe smartphones, targeted at criminals by default.
The smartphones sold had modified software. After entering a special sequence in the calculator application, a special messenger was launched, in which & hairsp; – & hairsp; according to the creators of & hairsp; – & hairsp; all messages were encrypted and therefore completely secure.
In 2021, it turned out that the FBI and the Australian police were behind the ANON company, and the entire action was a carefully planned provocation code-named Trojan Shield. All messages sent by criminals went not only to other users, but also directly to the servers of law enforcement agencies.
With the launch of 11,800 phones, 27 million messages were collected, which led to the capture of over 800 criminals from 16 countries.
This is what the ANOM smartphone looks like for criminals. It has a modified Android
One of the approx. 11,800 smartphones has been acquired by the editorial office of the website Motherboard. The phone was handed over by the reader who was to buy it at an auction at an attractive price, unaware of what type of device he was dealing with.
It turns out that the smartphone in question is actually Google Pixel 4a with revised software. Installed system named ArcaneOS it is based on Android, but has been redesigned to give the illusion of security.
The settings include, among others a feature that allows you to restore factory settings immediately after entering a predefined code from the lock screen.
The smartphone can also display the keys on the lock screen in a random order. Thanks to this security, it is impossible to steal someone’s PIN only by watching the sequence of pressed keys.
Additionally, no location related settings can be found in ArcaneOS, suggesting that geolocation services are completely disabled. There were also such obvious things as the ability to hide selected applications.
It is known that other smartphones were also modified in a similar way, including Pixel 3a. On industry forums, you can come across the posts of at least dozens of people who came into the possession of flawed smartphones unknowingly, usually buying used models online.
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