Telegram is now the ISIS’s top means of circulating information to their members and supporters.  It has become a part of the terror group’s communication strategy, following the trend of online messaging encryption.

Telegram is a non-profit cloud-based messenger. Telegram applications exist for Android, iOS, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone, Windows NT, macOS and Linux. Users can send messages and trade photographs, recordings, stickers, sound and documents of any sort.

Telegram was established by the Russian Pavel Durov.  The administration additionally gives APIs to free engineers.  In February 2016, Telegram expressed that it had 100 million month to month dynamic clients, sending 15 billion messages for every day. As indicated by its CEO, as of April 2017, Telegram has over half yearly development rate.

Telegram’s security show has gotten outstanding feedback by cryptography specialists.  They have contended that it is undermined by its utilization of a specially crafted encryption convention that has not been demonstrated dependable and secure.  Pavel Durov has contended this is on the grounds that it stays away from foreign unsecure back-ups and to enable clients to get to messages and records from any device.  Messages in Telegram are server-customer encoded by default, and the administration gives end-to-end encryption to voice calls and discretionary end-to-end scrambled “mystery” chats.

Telegram, due to its versatility and outstanding end-to-end encryption, has been the nest of terror groups in distributing messages.

ISIS has recommended Telegram to its supporters and members and by October 2015 they were able to double the number of followers of their official channel to 9,000.  In November 2015, Telegram announced that it had blocked 78 public channels operated by ISIS, which were used for spreading propaganda and mass communication.  Telegram stated that it would block public channels and bots that are related to terrorism, but it would not honor “politically-motivated censorship” based on “local restrictions on freedom of speech” and that it allowed “peaceful expression of alternative opinions.”

The emergence of Telegram as a piece of ISIS and other terror groups has demonstrated how fanatics adjust to technological innovation. ISIS has since a long time ago utilized web-based social networking platforms to spread its promulgation and enlist devotees.  Telegram, specifically, has private and public channels to easily switch between encrypted and unencrypted messaging.

As online networking platforms, for example, Twitter and Facebook expanded their endeavors to close down expert ISIS accounts.  Unfortunately, Telegram has filled the necessity.  Since around 2015, experts say there has been a mass migration of radicals to the application looking for better security and the flexibility from being closed.

Government authorities should not focus on dealing with companies that provide high-level security to their users.  Collaborating with the developers of these encrypted messaging apps might for a limited time, but terror-groups will simple switch to a different application to utilize.  As of now, for the government institutions, there is no viable solution to monitor terror-related messages but to coordinate with the app developers themselves.


Manny Cuevas

My name is Manny Cuevas a Security Researcher / Engineer for about 15 years that focuses on Web and Mobile applications and other platforms from the Island of Sulu, Philippines. I’m also a scientist, inventor and a top ranked hacker in the world that bypass all security systems.


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