At a time when many people in India and worldwide are switching over to Telegram and Signal from WhatsApp over privacy concerns, Islamic State (IS) terrorists in India and world over are using much more advanced and secured messaging platform Threema.
IS terrorists in India and world over are communicating with their fellow comrades via messaging using Threema, an advanced secure messaging platform, thus leaving no digital footprint, eliminating chances of getting traced by investigating agencies.
This development was revealed in a probe conducted by the Country’s top investigating agency – the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
This development came to light following NIA’s probe into a Bengaluru-based doctor Abdur Rahman aka ‘Dr Brave’ for his alleged links with the IS.
During the probe, NIA found that Rahman was in regular touch with IS terrorists worldwide via messaging platform Threema.
“Till recently Rahman was in regular communication with ISIS terrorists located abroad as well as in India, on ‘Threema’, a secure messaging platform,” the NIA said.
The NIA has also found out during the course of its probe that Rahman, who is a Syria-returnee had been misusing his medical knowledge to develop laser-guided missile system for the banned terror group.
Rahman had returned from Syria in December 2013.
Notably, this is not the first time that the NIA has come across the fact that advanced secure messaging platforms are being used by global terrorists outfits like the IS, Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Toiba and Al Qaeda.
Threema is a secure messaging platform developed in Switzerland and is a paid open-source end-to-end encrypted instant messaging application for iPhone and Android smartphones.
On Threema, like many other secure applications, a user does not require to enter an email address or phone number to create an account, thus allowing the user to use the service with a very high level of anonymity.