ISIS launched Its Android App
Terrorists are communicating over a new secure Android app after getting kicked off WhatsApp, Telegram, and other messengers. Called “Amaq news”, the encrypted chat app makes it harder for governments and security agencies to spy on terrorist plans. It was discovered by counter-terrorism network known as the Ghost Security Group, which Fortune reports had previously flagged ISIS communications over Telegram.
The launching of an app for al-Bayan radio is an amazing project,” a loyalist wrote on Twitter. “We (used to) chase links for the radio but now it’s in our hands at every moment.” These Twitter accounts have since been suspended.
This news comes one month after we reported that Amaq Agency — a well known ISIS supporter — has developed its own secure messaging app for helping ISIS supporters communicate with each other.
In the past, ISIS has used al-Bayan radio to target new recruits and claim responsibility for the terrorist attacks. With time, this radio station has grown to become an important source of update about the group. While the links to this station could be found online, it could be accessed by tuning the FM frequencies in Syria, Iraq and Libya.
Though supposedly not as advanced in its security as WhatsApp or Telegram, it still shields users from having their texts intercepted. And without a reputable company behind Alrawi, there’s no one to ban ISIS from using it.
it can’t be downloaded from Google Play. Instead it must be installed from shady back alleys of the Internet. This raises the question of how far mobile platforms are willing to go to fight terrorism. Governments are pushing for backdoors through encryption, but perhaps there’s another way to keep people safe without violating privacy for everyone.
Apple and Google could easily kick apps used to organize violence out of their official app stores. But would they be willing to build further barriers to usage directly into their mobile operating systems?
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