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ISIS’ new weapon is Alrawi: A new android app

According to reports, the terrorist organisation is using an encrypted android app called Alrawi after being kicked off instant messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram and other messengers

tech Updated: Jan 19, 2016 10:38 IST
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According to reports, the terrorist organisation is using an encrypted android app called Alrawi after being kicked off instant messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram and other messengers
According to reports, the terrorist organisation is using an encrypted android app called Alrawi after being kicked off instant messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram and other messengers(AFP)

Terrorist organisation ISIS is declining to back down from leveraging technology to spread terror.

According to reports, the terrorist organisation is using an encrypted android app called Alrawi after being kicked off instant messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram and other messengers.

Fortune reported that a counter-terrorism network known as Ghost Security Group had unearthed ISIS correspondence over Telegram.

The new encrypted app is of concern as there is no big name or firm behind it and hence nobody to ban ISIS from using the chat app which can stop simple interception of messages. Also, the new app cannot be downloaded from Google Play but has to installed from unauthorised sources.

Although governments are pushing encrytion through backdoor, the question that remains is how far mobile operating systems will go (beyond kicking apps off official stories) to protect users from organisations like ISIS? Would they be willing to build further barriers to usage directly into their mobile operating systems?