ISIS has allegedly developed an encrypted messaging app for Android

By Scorpus ยท 12 replies
Jan 15, 2016
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  1. ISIS has been blocked out of many messaging apps already, so the organization has decided to create its own encrypted Android messaging app for organizing terrorist attacks and other mayhem in secrecy.

    According to information from the Ghost Security Group, this isn't the sort of messaging app that is available through the Play Store. Instead, the app, apparently known as Alrawi, is only available through hidden parts of the internet as a downloadable APK that ISIS would then sideload onto their handsets.

    The Alrawi app allows ISIS to communicate through encrypted channels, albeit in a more rudimentary way than public encrypted messaging apps like Telegram. The primary function of the app is to distribute propaganda to the followers of ISIS, such as news and videos, although the messaging functionality is almost certainly used for other, more sinister means.

    As someone affiliated with ISIS developed the app, group members feel safe using it as they know it doesn't contain a government backdoor. However, judging by reports from GhostSec and others, the encryption systems don't sound as tight as bigger and more well-known apps, meaning it could be vulnerable to hacking.

    The move by ISIS to create their own messaging app comes after the group was banned from using apps like Telegram and WhatsApp. Terrorists and the public in general are also facing government interference with encryption, as many politicians believe that backdoors are the best way to combat and catch terrorist communication channels.

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  2. sac39507

    sac39507 TS Booster Posts: 116   +36

    I'm willing to bet you can get it from the Google store
  3. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Evangelist Posts: 465   +217

    I'm willing to bet you didn't make it past the first paragraph :D
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,362   +2,008

    I'm willing to bet this will make it a LOT easier for the intelligence community to track them, particularly with them so isolated to a single app ..... shhhhhhhhh .... let's not tell them!
  5. roberthi

    roberthi TS Addict Posts: 235   +54

    Yes, but New York is passing regulations that will make ISIS decrypt their phones. ROFL. Good job government in protecting your own people.
  6. sac39507

    sac39507 TS Booster Posts: 116   +36

    Looks like you didn't
  7. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,002   +1,322

    Uh what...?
  8. 3volv3d

    3volv3d TS Addict Posts: 155   +59

    I am surprised they were using public apps in the first place. But it's too late governments have already started breaking laws going through everyone's emails and online posts. The common people have lost all their privacy and the governments used this clown outfit as an excuse.
  9. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,046   +681

    So does this confirm the BBM app for Android is not secure?
    wastedkill likes this.
  10. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,189   +471

    Perhaps you meant to say "encrypt" because otherwise this doesn't make sense to me.
  11. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe TS Guru Posts: 712   +382

    ISIS creates an Android tool;

    MS cannot successfully launch the WP 10 program.
    wastedkill likes this.
  12. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

    The article says it is NOT available through the Play Store and is an apk you sideload so yeah you did not read or you did not understand it.
  13. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 440   +223

    NSA, this one it all up to you guys. We're actually counting on you this once.

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