Why Australia’s most needed man will NEVER hand himself in

Main criminologists imagine Australia’s most needed man, flamboyant ‘Fb Gangster’ and alleged drug lord Hakan Ayik, won’t ever give himself up after being caught in Operation Ironside, doubtlessly exposing his household to endless hazard.

In unveiling the outcomes of the sting, Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw urged alleged mastermind Ayik to show himself in as a result of he was now a goal for different criminals. 

A few of the world’s largest crooks started utilizing the ‘AN0M’ app with encrypted messaging virtually three years in the past, not realising it had been secretly created by police and so they had been studying each phrase.

The app gained foreign money within the underworld after being promoted by Ayik.

He promoted use of the app and particular telephones after they had been initially circulated amongst crime figures by police informants.   

Australian police have warned Ayik – dubbed the ‘Fb gangster’ for the flashy way of life he flaunted on social media – is a marked man after unwittingly peddling the ‘malicious program’ app to his underworld associates.

Hakan Ayik (pictured) was tricked into distributing messages to felony associates. Australian Federal Police have referred to as for the suspected drug lord handy himself in

Hakam Ayik's wife Fleur Messelink. The AFP has warned that Ayik's family could be in danger after the sting

Hakam Ayik’s spouse Fleur Messelink. The AFP has warned that Ayik’s household may very well be in peril after the sting

The AFP have urged Ayik, who they allege nonetheless orchestrates large shipments of methylampthetamine and cocaine into Australia from his base in Turkey, handy himself into authorities.

‘Given the risk he faces, he is greatest off handing himself into us as quickly as he can,’ Commissioner Kershaw stated.

‘He was one of many coordinators of this specific system, so he is basically arrange his personal colleagues.’   

Mark Lauchs, Affiliate Professor of Criminology at QUT, stated: ‘For the blokes who’ve been described because the influencers [in use of the ANOM app], the suspicion is at all times going to be there that they had been a part of the sting.’

Terry Goldsworthy, Affiliate Professor of Criminology at Bond College and a former senior policeman, stated resentment towards Ayik for inadvertently distributing the app ‘would depend upon people and the way a lot blame they apportion to him’. 

‘However I do not anticipate these folks to present themselves up,’ Prof Goldsworthy stated.   

AN0M messages, released by the US Department of Justice, show crime figures discussing a shipment of drugs which were to allegedly be thrown over a boat and then picked up

AN0M messages, launched by the US Division of Justice, present crime figures discussing a cargo of medicine which had been to allegedly be thrown over a ship after which picked up

Authorities sensationally carried out Australia's biggest ever organised crime bust on Tuesday

Authorities sensationally carried out Australia’s largest ever organised crime bust on Tuesday

The chance of Ayik being taken out in revenge assaults was actual, Prof Lauchs stated, as a result of he operated in an setting the place there is no such thing as a ‘goal, unbiased arbiter’ to resolve disputes. 

‘You have to see them working way more just like the Actual Housewives tv present than a gaggle of barristers sitting round discussing a case,’ Prof Lauchs stated.

‘Any secretive group like this is stuffed with conspiracy theorists, they’re continually at one another. There may be paranoia.

‘Hakan Ayik is not going to placed on his social media, “I am having a battle with one of many organised crime teams and I want somebody to kind it out”. He’ll should kind it out himself.’ 

David Vibrant, a professor in Criminology at Flinders College and professional in organised crime, stated probably the most vital consider whether or not he’ll face payback is the undermining of belief the police operation had created.   

‘Ayik is a dealer between teams and we all know people in these types of positions are very influential and really highly effective, however they’re additionally normally extremely trusted as a result of they’re negotiating between teams who’re in competitors a method or one other,’ Prof Vibrant stated.

‘What the Operation had cleverly achieved is undermine belief inside these teams, and that is most likely crucial element of the felony underworld… it is all they have to depend on.   

‘When that belief is undermined in a major manner that is when there’s an elevated threat of violence and retribution.’ 

Australia's most wanted Hakan Ayik (centre) was influential in spreading the AN0M app through his criminal networks, it has been claimed

Australia’s most needed Hakan Ayik (centre) was influential in spreading the AN0M app by means of his felony networks, it has been claimed

Ayik and his wife Fleur Messelink at their wedding

Ayik and his spouse Fleur Messelink at their wedding ceremony

Professor Janet Ransley, Director of Griffith College’s Criminology Institute, agreed Ayik and others could be apprehensive about retribution however noticed this as a draw back of the operation.

‘We’re specializing in the success of the crime management operation, which is nice – I am not downplaying the chance organised crime poses to Australians – however there are additionally downsides to the method.

‘One is that some folks could also be uncovered to payback or retribution, the opposite is that it is a digital entrapment train. That comes with dangers to the legitimacy of legislation enforcement, and it will likely be attention-grabbing to see how that performs out in courtroom proceedings.’

Whether or not members of the family of Ayik and others nonetheless residing in Australia had been in peril was unclear, stated the crime specialists, who stated the ‘ethics’ of the felony underworld might stop them being focused.  

‘There was a narrative of 1 Mafioso in Sicily who’d rolled over to the police and so they began knocking off one member of the family after one other till he lastly got here out of hiding,’ Prof Lauchs recalled.  ‘They’d killed 35 of his members of the family earlier than he confirmed up.

‘In Australia in the event that they had been doing drive-bys and even endangering, not to mention killing, members of the family, most of them could be like, “no manner, you may’t do this”. Whereas abroad, they’re coping with a way more ruthless setting.  

A tactical police officer guards a handcuffed arrested man during a raid. He was one of 224 people arrested as part of Operation Ironside

Another tattooed man sits on a bed guarded by police as officers execute a search warrant on his home

A tactical police officer guards a handcuffed arrested man throughout a raid. He was one among 224 folks arrested as a part of Operation Ironside

‘The boys who’re concerned on this exercise have sure rules and ethics,’ Prof Vibrant stated. 

‘A kind of is that you do not mess with folks’s households, and means the probability of [families being targeted] is low, however not zero.

‘I believe we’re in new territory and do not but know the reply to what is going to occur.’

Prof Goldsworthy thought those that cooperated with Operation Ironside in return for diminished jail time had been in most hazard.

‘We noticed point out within the FBI affidavits of use of a confidential human supply (CHS),’ he stated. 

‘The CHS could be somebody who’s now going to be in want of long-term safety, given the influence this operation is having on organised crime.’   

Police raid a property in Melbourne's Sydenham over a $1billion drug importation plot

Police raid a property in Melbourne’s Sydenham over a $1billion drug importation plot

The raid allegedly uncovered a loaded firearm and $30,000 cash hidden inside a bathroom wall

The raid allegedly uncovered a loaded firearm and $30,000 money hidden inside a toilet wall

 Texts launched after Australia’s largest underworld bust present crime bosses had been so satisfied their communications had been secret on the police-devised ‘AN0M’ app, they overtly mentioned large shipments of medicine.

Australian, U.S., and European authorities carried out raids the world over on Tuesday, with 4,000 cops in Australia arresting 224 accused organised crime figures and seizing tonnes of medicine, thousands and thousands in money and different contraband and luxurious items in Operation Ironside.   

Ayik’s former mate and ex-Comancheros bikie chief Mark Buddle, who was final stated to be in Iraq, was additionally thought-about to have had his felony enterprises smashed by the raids.

‘He would have been on the community and loads of his dealings would have been captured,’ a senior unnamed NSW police officer stated about Buddle to the Each day Telegraph.

Ayik's former mate and ex-Comancheros bikie leader Mark Buddle

Ayik’s former mate and ex-Comancheros bikie chief Mark Buddle

So satisfied had been criminals they that the encrypted messages had been past the attain of legislation enforcement that they freely organised and mentioned felony actions.

As an illustration, two Australian associates discussing a cocaine smuggling operation on January 4, 2020 exchanged the next messages:

‘Suppose he received it in,’ one instructed the opposite, earlier than the second responded: ‘You are dreaming. You reckon. What he provide it to you for’.

The primary individual then despatched a photograph of lots of of kilograms of cocaine with batman stickers on the packaging.

Two months later, on March 23 final 12 months, an Australian consumer and an unknown individual exchanged messages concerning the worth of cocaine.

‘Okay candy, I received a small job that popped up for the constructing block. There may be 2kg put contained in the French diplomatic sealed envelopes out of Bogota (Colombia),’ the third Australian wrote.

The message continued, saying the Colombian distributors would take 50 per cent of the revenue whereas 4 others would break up the remaining half.

The identical Australian then knowledgeable the unknown person who the drug drop might occur weekly, earlier than sending three pictures of cocaine and French diplomatic pouches. 

Whereas surveillance of the ‘AN0M’ communication platform culminated in Tuesday’s raids, it had led to the arrest of greater than 220 Australian organised crime figures going again to 2018. 

Offenders are linked variously to the Australian-based Italian mafia, outlaw bike gangs, Asian crime syndicates and Albanian organised crime.

The communications discovered on the platform revealed 21 homicide plots, gun distribution exercise and mass drug trafficking, Australian Federal Police say.

The AFP additionally stated on Tuesday it had seized 3.7 tonnes of medicine, greater than 100 weapons and virtually $45 million in money as a part of the operation since 2018.

‘We allege they’re members of outlaw bike gangs, Australian Mafia, Asian crime syndicates and critical and organised crime teams. We allege they have been trafficking illicit medication into Australia at an industrial scale,’ Commissioner Kershaw stated.

The app became popular among organised crime figures as it was spruiked by their colleagues. Pictured: excerpts of messages between an Australian and an unknown associate

The app turned in style amongst organised crime figures because it was spruiked by their colleagues. Pictured: excerpts of messages between an Australian and an unknown affiliate  

‘Australian legislation enforcement has been arresting and charging alleged offenders and now we have prevented tonnes of medicine from coming onshore.

‘We have arrested the alleged kingmakers behind these crimes, prevented mass shootings in suburbs, pissed off organised crime by seizing ill-gotten wealth.

‘We now have been within the again pockets of organised crime.’

Particulars of the communications come after new footage from probably the most audacious legislation enforcement operation in Australian historical past was revealed, displaying heavily-armed police kicking in doorways, reducing by means of limitations and scaling high-rise residences.   

In a Melbourne courtroom on Tuesday it was revealed how the operation stopped over $1billion of ice and cocaine being smuggled into Australia. 

Ninja Warrior 2017 contestant Sopiea Kong was among those arrested. The 33-year-old was charged last week following a raid at a Kangaroo Point home, where police allegedly seized 154g of meth

Ninja Warrior 2017 contestant Sopiea Kong was amongst these arrested. The 33-year-old was charged final week following a raid at a Kangaroo Level residence, the place police allegedly seized 154g of meth

The bust exposed new details about how one of Australia's most wanted fugitives gave police extensive access to the world's criminal underworld. Pictured: one man being arrested by AFP officers

The bust uncovered new particulars about how one among Australia’s most needed fugitives gave police intensive entry to the world’s felony underworld. Pictured: one man being arrested by AFP officers 

Pictured: Officers as part of operation Ironside are seen lining up on the street before moving in on a target

Pictured: Officers as a part of operation Ironside are seen lining up on the road earlier than transferring in on a goal

Regardless of the unbelievable success of the key sting, Each day Mail Australia can reveal the operation was in jeopardy of being compromised earlier this 12 months – and authorities might have wound it up earlier because of this. 

In late March, an nameless blogger identified solely as ‘canyouguess67’ posted an article warning customers to maintain off ANOM for his or her ‘personal security’.  

‘STAY AWAY FROM ANOM IF YOU VALUE YOUR PRIVACY AND SAFETY,’ the blogger wrote in an article, which has since been pulled down.


In what now appears to be a telling clue, the blogger expressed critical issues about the truth that the AN-M system he had examined ‘was really in fixed contact with Google providers’ in each New South Wales, Australia and California.

‘I used to be fairly involved to see the quantity of IP addresses referring to many firms throughout the 5 Eyes governments (Australia, USA, Canada, UK, NZ who share info with each other),’ he wrote. 

Following a technical evaluation, the blogger – appropriately – really helpful folks not use AN0M know-how, warning authorities might ‘utterly infiltrate each customers’ gadgets (sic) in addition to their operations, and worse of all authorities would have the flexibility to decrypt and intercept messages’.  

In a ironic twist, the unnamed tech blogger warned that that they had contacted legislation enforcement businesses with their issues. 

The weblog, named ‘ANOMEXPOSED’, had since been taken down but it surely was nonetheless publicly out there through Google on Tuesday. 

It’s unclear whether or not the tech professional’s issues reached the ears of the Federal Police or performed a job within the mission being sensationally unveiled this week. 

An anonymous tech geek posted a blog online in March, titled 'AN0M ENCRYPTED SCAM EXPOSED'

An nameless tech geek posted a weblog on-line in March, titled ‘AN0M ENCRYPTED SCAM EXPOSED’

A tradie is seen kneeling with his hands tied behind his back after being arrested following raids

Hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in belongings have been seized together with this sparking assortment of pricey watches

A fire engine red Ducati which is also now in the possession of the Australian Federal Police

A fireplace engine purple Ducati which can be now within the possession of the Australian Federal Police

AFP Commissioner Kershaw stated federal brokers had been within the ‘again pockets’ of criminals by means of the encryption app.

The concept, Mr Kershaw stated, came visiting a ‘couple of beers’ between officers and FBI brokers years again.  

‘The FBI had the lead on this. We supplied the technical functionality to decrypt these messages,’ he stated. 

‘A few of the greatest concepts come over a few beers.’ 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the AFP operation, known as Operation Ironside, had struck a 'heavy blow' against organised crime

Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated the AFP operation, referred to as Operation Ironside, had struck a ‘heavy blow’ towards organised crime

Pictured: Officers from operation Ironside prepare to bust down a down as part of a raid

Pictured: Officers from operation Ironside put together to bust down a down as a part of a raid

What’s AN0M? 

On its glitzy web site, the ‘AN0M’ telephone appears to be like like all new tech innovation with modern black strains, ‘invite solely’ exclusivity and a pledge to ‘implement your proper to privateness’.

However its greatest characteristic – and for many of its customers, the worst – wasn’t promoted in its advertising and marketing materials. 

The telephone, which supposedly allowed encrypted communications protected from the eyes of the legislation, was really a crafty lure laid for a who’s who of organised crime.  

'Enforce your right to privacy': This is how the ANoM website advertised its product - with users not realising that law enforcement officials could read each and every message

‘Implement your proper to privateness’: That is how the ANoM web site marketed its product – with customers not realising that legislation enforcement officers might learn every message

Senior bikies and mafia figures had been tricked into shopping for hi-tech telephones that might supposedly allow them to message each other, freed from police snooping. 

However the AN0M telephones had been really designed by the FBI and allowed Australian police to learn the texts of organised crime figures.  

Police watched in actual time as alleged crooks spilled their secrets and techniques to 1 one other on their very own app. 

Crooks even paid six-monthly subscription charges to the police – the cash solely getting used towards them by funding legislation enforcement actions.  

How did all of it work? 

Customers might purchase telephone handsets costing between $1,500 and $2,500 from what has been described as underground distributors. 

The telephones had been stripped down – they could not even make calls, entry the web or ship emails. 

What did do was ship encrypted messages, pictures and movies, utilizing a overseas SIM card to apparently keep away from Australian information snooping legal guidelines. 

Crooks might purchase a six month subscription to make use of the app – the funds raised unknowingly redirected to the police. 

Mafia figures and bikies purchased ANoM-branded phones with encrypted messaging technology already downloaded. When criminals used the phones, the messages were intercepted by Australian Federal Police law enforcement agencies

Mafia figures and bikies bought ANoM-branded telephones with encrypted messaging know-how already downloaded. When criminals used the telephones, the messages had been intercepted by Australian Federal Police legislation enforcement businesses 

The app was invitation-only as of Tuesday morning - before the page was sensationally taken down and replaced with a warning by the FBI

The app was invitation-only as of Tuesday morning – earlier than the web page was sensationally taken down and changed with a warning by the FBI

Anom's Twitter account claimed the company was based in the famously neutral nation of Switzerland

Anom’s Twitter account claimed the corporate was based mostly within the famously impartial nation of Switzerland

This is how the Anom.io website looked as of late Tuesday morning

That is how the Anom.io web site appeared as of late Tuesday morning

The app was accessed by coming into a PIN quantity into the telephone’s calculator, the stuff of spy dramas. 

AN0M’s web site, which was solely deleted about 10am on Tuesday, made the know-how sound impenetrable.   

The corporate was apparently based mostly in famously impartial Switzerland and boasted of ‘navy grade encrypt and sanitise’. 

For its encryption, it claimed to make use of ‘OMEMO Double Ratchet Algorithm … independently audited by Dutch safety analysis group Radically Open Safety’.  

Which will have been an in-joke – as all of the supposedly self-destructing messages despatched on the app was radically open to the AFP to learn.     

Police have been coy about simply how Australian mafia and bikie figures first got here throughout the gadgets. 

That’s more likely to stay a secret, because it entails police informants.  

However what is obvious is that the ‘enterprise’ started to develop of its personal accord starting in about October 2018. 

Felony ‘influencers’, together with Ayik, ultimately turned so enthralled by the know-how they distributed the gadgets world wide. 

However it’s clear that AN0M is not any secret anymore – with its particulars splashed the world over’s information websites and lots of of circumstances earlier than the courts, many little question unaware that somebody was sounding the alarm concerning the app months in the past. 

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