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Global crackdown on organized crime after high-tech U.S.-Australia sting

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I have to do it...

"Meanwhile, they are having a hard time infiltrating the Japanese mob due to the fact that they still communicate by Fax."

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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Nice work!

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"Meanwhile, they are having a hard time infiltrating the Japanese mob due to the fact that they still communicate by Fax."

there's nothing easier in this world than listening to phone or fax communications.

two 2clips to pinch the phone line, and a cheap modem with any fax client software.

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well done mates well done police

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> Michael MachidaToday  04:50 pm JST

U.S. and Australia. Good on them both!

Um, New Zealand was also a major player in this sting operation.

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Wow…good work

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U.S. and Australia. Good on them both!

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Very nice work, from what I’ve read the idea started over a few beers. The dark web is a two edged sword.

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there's nothing easier in this world than

It was meant to be a bad joke... I'll go back to my day job and give up comedy, I guess... LOL

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Hacked

= backdoor

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Too bad they let the criminal world know how it was done

I disagree. Previously, criminals were able to organize more because they thought they had an app that was secure, not realizing that the app had been purchased by the FBI. Now they will wonder about any app they use for communication, and will have to be more discrete, causing them more hassles.

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410df1ae693493fbbc3e2db4df9eb8adf66f362e05f82c72f65653eed7b74f14

Good luck.

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@Bkacklabel:

The operation, which was conceived by Australian police and the FBI in 2018,

Isn't this the same FBI you routinely criticize as being corrupt? Now, you’re cheering it and given credit for it’s work to Trump. How do you square these two contradictory positions?

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My thinking is now there will be an all out cyber space war between the hackers and law enforcement. Here in Los Angeles the hackers have already started infiltrating police stations data bases and holding them for ransom. Get ready because the internet that was going warped speed will now go turtle speed as the cat an mouse games begin.

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Too bad they let the criminal world know how it was done

No choice. That pesky "due process" part of the law in these countries. How evidence is gathered is required to be provided to the defense legal team.

There's an old rule for encryption. Never invent your own because you won't do it well and perhaps it will be very bad. Even with very good crypto, the implementations will have all sorts of problems. The only way to get most of the bonehead problems out of encryption tools is by offering a high reward for each fault uncovered and giving experts enough time to look - multiple years needed.

For most criminals, the easy answer is to have an ever changing code that can only be used to setup face-to-face meetings. Don't have an habits around the meetings. Change locations constantly. Perhaps use a book-code?

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@bokuda

There are fax machines that encrypt the data before transmitting.

Jacobo

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One murder plot that authorities got to know of involved plans to attack a cafe with a machine gun, while a family of five was also targeted. Authorities said they were able to prevent these attacks.

Who the hell are these people?

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Good they arrested the organized crime gangs

Too bad they let the criminal world know how it was done

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Generally beneficial that they target criminals rather than treat us all as potential criminals and try to spy on everyone. Much more efficient and effective too.

I wonder which VPN the LEAs are operating.

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On one side it is good to have some kind of victory over the criminals, but on the other hand it worries me that what kind of powers the authorities have to be able to do this, specially with so few details being open.

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Bjorn TomentionJune 8 10:16 pm JST

Organised crime is still functioning and running as normal, just look at the govt's in those countries you can see how it is flourishing no change , the corrupt ones are still in power.

That's correct.

"The yakuza invasion of Japan’s financial markets in recent years has been amazing and rapid. Prime Minister Koizumi (who’s grandfather was a yakuza and a member of the Yokosuka-Ikka which was later absorbed into Inagawa-kai crime group) , under encouragement from the Bush administration and with the advice of Miyauchi, the chairman of the Orix group, instituted a widespread relaxation of previous laws and regulations of the finance industry which made it possible for organized crime to get their foot in the door, and once they got inside the House Of Commerce, they decided to stay."

http://www.japansubculture.com/onions-and-yakuza-front-companies-some-thoughts/

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Organised crime is still functioning and running as normal, just look at the govt's in those countries you can see how it is flourishing no change , the corrupt ones are still in power.

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Large section of the internet including major sites have gone down. Mass DOS is happening across the globe. Maybe payback over the bitcoin story.

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yep since 2018. Orange guy good!

In a statement, the AFP said they and the FBI had been reading the clandestine communications of criminals since 2018 on the ANoM app -- a black-market product only accessible on specially prepared mobile phones.

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This started as a promise by President Trump to provide FBI assistance to Australia and New Zealand and was part of that administration’s effective crackdown on international organized crime.

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