Islamic State Is Now a Convenient App
December 28, 2015
It used to be that if you wanted to be an enemy of western civilization you had to have ties to a derelict organization or even visit an enemy nation. It was difficult, especially with the limits of communication in pre-Internet days. Western Union and secret radio signals only went so far, but now with the Internet insurgent recruitment is just a few mouse clicks away or even an app download. The Telegraph reports that the “Islamic State Releases Its Own Smartphone App” to spread propaganda and pollute Islam’s true message.
Islamic State (Isil) released an Android app to disseminate the terrorist group’s radical propaganda. The app was brought to light by hacktivist Ghost Security Group, who uncovered directions to install the app on the encrypted message service Telegram. Ghost Security says that the app publishes propaganda from Amaq News Agency, the Islamic State’s propaganda channel, such as beheadings and warnings about terrorist attacks. It goes to show that despite limited resources, if one is tech savvy and has an Internet connection the possibilities are endless.
” ‘They want to create a broadcast capability that is more secure than just leveraging Twitter and Facebook,’ ” Michael Smith of Kronos Advisory, a company that acts as a conduit between GhostSec and the US government, told CS Monitor.
‘[Isil] has always been looking for a way to provide easy access to all of the material.’ ”
Isil might have the ability to create propaganda and an app, but they do have a limited reach. In order to find this app, one has to dig within the Internet and find instructions. Hacktivist organizations like Ghost Security and Anonymous are using their technology skills to combat terrorist organizations with success. Most terrorist group propaganda will not be found within the first page of search results, one has to work to find them, but not that hard.