ISIS creates ‘Alrawi’ secret messaging app on Android

ISIS creates ‘Alrawi’ secret messaging app on Android

The Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), has created a secret messaging app on Google’s Android platform. Called “Alrawi”, the app is designed to offer ISIS militants an encrypted chat space on their Android devices.

As first reported by Fortune, the Android-based app provides an access to a news portal run by the Amaq News Agency, which is known as an ISIS-affiliated news service. It allows terrorists to view news content as well as let them send and receive messages in a real time.

Principal and chief operating officer at Kronos Advisory Michael S Smith posted a screenshot on Twitter that apparently reveals the interface of the Alrawi messaging app. The interface is nowhere similar to WhatsApp or Telegram but is reported to have the option to change font size and to enable feed for new stories.

ISIS Alrawi secret messaging app

ISIS’ Alrawi messaging app (Image Source: Michael S Smith)

Alrawi app is of course, not available for download from Google Play store. But instead, ISIS members have been sharing a link that reportedly circulated through Telegram and other encrypted communication services.

Google Play store terms explicitly restrict publishers to list apps that can spread violence. But Android operating system itself has an option to install apps from unknown sources. ISIS, therefore, has created its messaging app for Android devices.

That being said, the next Android version might limit the installation of apps from unknown sources to filter out apps like Alrawi in the future.

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