As reported by Bruce Schneier back in May, one of the outcomes of the Snowden revelations is that some people are abandoning open source encryption tools for things they are brewing up on their own. And while home-brewing may be great for beer, proper cryptography is many orders of magnitude more difficult to make than beer. Al-Qaeda is one of the organizations reputedly creating three new “NSA-proof” encryption schemes.
Since 2007, Al-Qaeda’s use of encryption technology has been based on the Mujahideen Secrets platform which has developed to include support for mobile, instant messaging, and Macs.
Following the June 2013 Edward Snowden leaks we observe an increased pace of innovation, specifically new competing jihadist platforms and three (3) 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.
The likelihood is that their messages may be even easier to decrypt than before. Schneier’s report links back to an article on Recorded Future that discusses this in greater depth. If you are interested in the technical aspects of this development, the article on Recorded Future is worth a read.Share