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The ISIS (Islamic State militants group) has reportedly launched a new app that features news and videos showing executions and battlefield victories and spread its agenda. ISIS is Adding teeth to its growing internet and social media presence. The Android-based application is essentially a news portal run by the Amaq News Agency – a group believed to be tied to the Islamic States.
The ISIS group has launched an application that features news and videos showing executions and battlefield victories and spread its agenda. It is Discovered by the hacking collective Ghost security group, the app called ‘Amaq News’ is designed to ‘streamline access’ to the militants group’s “propaganda”.
When users start the application, it displays a scrolling news feed and icons to play videos. It also has options for users to have the feed automatically check for new posts. ‘It can even be automatically updated whenever the app’s developers send out new versions of the programne .’ however, The app may not work in regions outside the IS control.
According to hacking group, the app is not available as a download in a marketplace like Google Play store. a link to the download is shared between Islamic states members through Telegram app and other encrypted communication methods.
Users can then download “Amaq News” in an Android device. the militants group has also created its own social network for jihadists called ‘Kilafahbook’ to get around social media bans by Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. For ISIS, social media is important in formulating recruitment strategies.
Facebook is the main platform to gather young fans, supporters and recruits to incite them to acts of violence by the means of propaganda and the use of Islamic injustice. militants group network works with encrypted messaging applications including Kik, Surespot, Wickr and Telegram that are very difficult to hack.
ISIS turns smartphone app into terrorist propaganda weapon to complement its guns and bombs
When we think of the weapons that the terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) uses, the first things that usually come to mind are guns and bombs.
The hacking collective known as the Ghost Security Group, however, discovered this month that the jihadist organisation is using another kind of weapon—one that seems so harmless that common people will not think it would be used by the terrorist group: a smartphone app.
The ISIS smartphone app, available for Android devices, is similar to a news portal which distributes news items and videos. The only difference is that the ISIS smartphone app only promotes the group’s propaganda.
This tech-based weapon for terrorist propaganda is ran by the Amaq News Agency, which is affiliated with the ISIS and was the first one to link the killings in San Bernardino to the jihadist group.
In a tweet earlier this week, the Kronos Advisory’s Michael S. Smith revealed that the ISIS app even features news and videos showing atrocities committed by the terror group, such as executions and gunfights. Kronos Advisory is a defence contractor that works as an intermediary between Ghost Security Group and the U.S. government.
Smith was quoted by Time.com as saying that this app was developed by the jihadist organisation to “streamline access” to its “propaganda.”
According to Ghost Security Group, the app cannot just be easily downloaded from usual marketplaces such as the Google Play Store.
For the app to be downloaded, a link is shared to Islamic State militants through Telegram or other secure, encrypted forms of communication. Only then can the user download and access the app using his or her Android device.
The hacking collective was not able to determine just how many people have so far downloaded this app. Nevertheless, this development highlights the alarming fact that the ISIS can use technology to promote its goals, without being detected by governments and private companies.