The Slate is reporting that "In one of the more unusual cybersecurity policing stories of the past year, the FBI announced in June that it had created its own company, called ANOM, to sell devices with a pre-installed encrypted messaging app to criminals."
"The June government press release gave some explanation for the FBI’s success, writing that it was able to attract users for ANOM by shutting down other platforms that offered similar services. For instance, the press release explains that in 2018, when the FBI shut down the Canadian encrypted device company Phantom Secure, many of the criminals who had been using Phantom Secure devices were forced to seek other secret communication methods to avoid law enforcement detection. The FBI—along with substantial contributions by the Australian Federal Police—filled that void with ANOM.” The same guys that lied aboiut James Riach.
"Then, in July 2020, European officials shut down the EncroChat platform, and demand for ANOM devices grew even more. Finally, in March 2021, U.S. officials seized the infrastructure underlying Sky Global’s encrypted device platform, called Sky ECC, and “demand for ANOM devices grew exponentially as criminal users sought a new brand of hardened encryption device to plot their drug trafficking and money laundering transactions and to evade law enforcement."
Sky Global was another Vancouver company just like Phantom Secure. Did the FBI seize Sky Global or did they create it like ANOM. Did the FBI also create Phantom Security or did they just seize it like all the others so they would have a monopoly on the market.
Sky Global sued the US government stating that it it marketed its phones to legitimate business users, including members of the legal, healthcare and financial industries.
Jean-Francois Eap was the CEO of Sky Global. He was also the technical manager of Phantom Secure and was a known associate of Vincent Ramos."
Is the FBI obsessed with a monopoly on this market?
The Slate article states that "The government managed to get users onto ANOM by shutting down to alternative end-to-end encrypted messaging platforms that it said had not sufficiently deterred criminal users. But it increasingly looks like the government may not have had solid evidence that those other platforms had actually done anything that warranted seizure by the government."
"At least, that’s what one of the companies that the FBI shut down in the process of recruiting users to ANOM claims in a new filing. If the company’s allegations are true, it’s a big deal because end-to-end encryption is an incredibly valuable tool for all sorts of legitimate purposes—and companies should be able to implement it without fear of the government unless they’re deliberately catering to criminals with their services."
Is a free market allowed to exist?
This sure makes the Cameron Ortis ordeal look like a set up. Any one of us could be next.