ISIS terrorists using new Android messaging app called 'Alrawi'

The Alrawi app cannot be found on Google Play Store, but is being used by ISIS militants to communicate over encrypted texts.

Published Date
18 - Jan - 2016
| Last Updated
18 - Jan - 2016
 
ISIS terrorists using new Android messaging app called 'Alrawi'

After being banned from instant messaging platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram, Terrorist outfit ISIS has developed a new, encrypted messaging app called Alrawi. The Alrawi app was red flagged by a counter-terrorism network called Ghost Security Group, which had also dicovered ISIS's communication over Telegram. Ghost Security Group is a counter-terrorism organization that combats extremism on the digital front lines of today using the internet as a weapon. Their cyber operations consist of collecting actionable threat data, advanced analytics, offensive strategies, surveillance and providing situational awareness through relentless cyber terrain vigilance.

The new Alrawi app will not show up on Google Play Store, but can be downloaded from other back alley platforms available online. Texts sent on this app are encrypted and cannot be intercepted by the authorities. Also, there isn't any big company or founder behind the creation of the app, hence securing it from a potential shut down by security agencies. Apps that are a potential security threat are usually deleted or banned from App stores across ecosystems, but security on the OS level is still thin. Acts like these demand a stronger level of safety when it comes to the security of mobile handsets and their operating systems. 

 

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