Published on August 3rd, 2014 | by Cliff Kincaid0
Cato Institute Helps Terrorists
The libertarian think tank the Cato Institute promotes the espionage “journalism” of NSA defector Edward Snowden’s mouthpiece Glenn Greenwald yet claims to be “pro-freedom.”
Note: Snowden revealed a program to track terrorists via their mobile phones. The terrorists have changed their behavior accordingly.
Now, the firm Recorded Future reports:
In May 2014 we published research on how Al-Qaeda had changed their use of encryption after the Snowden leaks… The prior research focused on a single point: Following the June 2013 Edward Snowden leaks we observe an increased pace of innovation, specifically new competing jihadist platforms and three major new encryption tools from three (3) different organizations – GIMF, Al-Fajr Technical Committee, and ISIS – within a three to five-month time frame of the leaks.
Al-Fajr, one of Al-Qaeda’s media arms, released a new Android encryption application early June 2014 on their website, referring to how it follows the “latest technological advancements” and provides “4096 bit public key” encryption.
GIMF, another media arm of Al-Qaeda, also launched a new version of their Android software since our last post. Interestingly, between these two new product releases this continues the bet on mobile and Android as the preferred platform for these groups. The large availability and affordability of Android phones, especially in underdeveloped countries, is probably the reason for this.
It’s pretty clear our earlier point that we’re observing increased pace of innovation in encryption technology by Al-Qaeda post Snowden stands true. And this innovation is based on best practice, off the shelf, algorithms.