Social mediums and messaging apps can be monitored by security agencies when national security is at stake. To stay clear of prying eyes, ISIS has reportedly built its own encrypted Android messaging app. Also Read - UK launched cyber attack on IS: Intel agency chiefAlso Read - New algorithm may help predict ISIS attacks
ISIS members were earlier reported to be using apps like Kik and Telegram. At one point, the official ISIS channel on Telegram had over 9,000 users, but Telegram eventually suspended around 78 ISIS-related channels. The terrorist group has built its own app called Alrawi , Fortune reports citing GhostSec, a counter-terrorism network affiliated with Anonymous. Also Read - Anonymous hackers hijack ISIS' Twitter accounts with gay porn links after Orlando attack
Alrawi includes encrypted communications features that let users securely swap messages and other digital communications. While this app may not be as sophisticated as existing messaging apps, it gets the job done and has the advantage of not being affiliated with any company. Away from prying eyes of security agencies, ISIS is said to be using the app to spread propaganda.
ISIS-related propaganda and any account or person with affiliations to the terror group is being closely monitored by security agencies online. To counter this, the terror group had launched an app called Amaq News to spread propaganda. It is also said to have created a social network of its own called Kilafahbook, which again is being used to spread propaganda and recruit people.