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A phone being pulled apart by threads.

In this episode, Joseph Cox (https://x.com/josephfcox) tells us the story of ANOM. A secure phone made by criminals, for criminals.

This story comes from part of Joseph’s book “Dark Wire” which you should definitely read. Get yours here https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/joseph-cox/dark-wire/9781541702691.


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Darknet Diaries is created by Jack Rhysider.

This episode was researched and written by Fiona Guy.

Assembled by Tristan Ledger.

Episode artwork by odibagas.

Mixing by Proximity Sound.

Theme music created by Breakmaster Cylinder. Theme song available for listen and download at bandcamp. Or listen to it on Spotify.



JACK: So, I was looking through Wikileaks the other day as one does, right, and I came across something that I found rather fascinating. There’s a thing that the CIA developed called Weeping Angel. [MUSIC] So, if you have a Samsung smart TV, there’s a really odd feature in it; it’s called Fake Off. When the TV is on, you can push Mute, 182, then Power, and the TV appears to turn off, but it doesn’t. Now, these smart TVs often have a microphone built in so you can give them voice commands, and when the TV is off, the mic isn’t listening. But when

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