Many users surely do not know it, but the FBI used different Google Pixel 4a to turn it into Anom. The curious thing is that these phones that have been used as a decoy, are appearing mysteriously for sale in various second-hand markets.
So, any user who does not realize it will be buying a smartphone that has been used by the FBI to hunt criminals in different parts of the world. In addition, it can go more unnoticed because when starting the mobile device starts like any other, although it does show a detail that can draw attention. And is that, this phone, when turned on will have a logo of an operating system called ArcaneOS.
The FBI’s Anom phone
The reality is that there is hardly any information publicly available about this ArcaneOS operating system. But, what can be assured, is that if you just bought a Pixel 4a and that logo appears, it means that between your hands you have an Anom phone. Most of all, because it is this detail that has helped several people who ended up with this type of phone, realize that something was not quite right in their new smartphone.
It goes more unnoticed by many others because unlocking the Google Pixel 4a will bring up some pretty well-known apps like Tinder, Instagram, Facebook, Netflix, and even Candy Crush. However, none of these apps may work, so if you touch their icons, it won’t do anything.
In addition, when resetting the phone thinking that it is the fault of the mobile and after writing another PIN, the phone opens a completely different section within the device, in which we can see a new background and new applications that until that instant was not in the mobile. From that moment on, instead of the applications that everyone knows, there will only be a clock, a calculator, and the device settings.
The FBI app is hidden in the calculator
Although, most interesting of all is that clicking on the calculator does not open as such a calculator, but it will show us a window for us to log in. It will directly ask us to “Enter Anom ID” and a password. That is, in the calculator, there is hidden a hidden messaging application called Anom, which was discovered just a month ago to be the one used as a decoy by the FBI itself.
All criminals who had a cell phone with these features believed that they could communicate securely through this app, as they thought that the app encrypted their messages. But, they were wrong, as an international group of law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, was monitoring their messages.
Last month alone, the FBI and law enforcement agencies in Europe and Australia announced hundreds of arrests of millions of messages from users who had been using Anom for several years. Up to 27 million messages were obtained from more than 11,800 devices running this curious messaging app in more than 100 countries.