National Desk: Terrorist organizations in Pakistan and their bosses are turning to new apps, including an app developed by a Turkish company, in the midst of a debate over privacy offered by messaging apps such as WhatsApp. Officials gave this information. He said that three new apps have come to light from the evidence gathered after the encounter with the terrorists and the information given by the surrendered militants on the process of radicalization by terrorists based in Pakistan. However, the name of these messaging apps was not given due to security reasons.
Officials said that one of these apps is from a US company, while the other is operated by a company from Europe. He said that the latest third application has been developed by the Turkish company and the mentors of terrorist organizations and their potential members in the Kashmir Valley are constantly using them. He told that the new app can work even when the internet speed is low or there is a two-way connection. It is noteworthy that after the withdrawal of special status of Jammu and Kashmir by the government in August 2019, internet services were suspended here and after two years the service was restored.
Security officials said that WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger were almost stopped by terrorist groups due to internet disruptions. Later it was revealed that they are using new apps which are available for free on the World Wide Web. He explained that the encryption and decoding in this app is directly in the device, so there is less possibility of third party intervention and this app uses the coding algorithm RSA-2048 which is considered as the most secure encryption platform. RSA is an American network security and certification company founded in 1982. RSA is used worldwide as the basis of the code system.
Officials said that an app used by terrorists to radicalize youth in the Kashmir Valley does not even require a phone number or email address so that the identity of the user is completely confidential. He informed that efforts are being made to disrupt such apps in Jammu and Kashmir.
Officials said the challenge came at a time when security agencies in the Valley were fighting the threat of virtual SIM cards. Terrorist groups are constantly using them to contact their masters in Pakistan. He said that the access to this technology was revealed in the year 2019 when the US was requested to give information about the service provider of the virtual SIM used by the suicide attacker of Jaish-e-Mohammed who carried out the Pulwama attack. 40 CRPF personnel were killed in this attack.
However, investigations by the National Investigation Agency and other security agencies indicated that 40 virtual SIMs were used in the Pulwama attack alone and possibly in the valley and such SIMs are in use. In this technology, the computer generates the telephone number, on the basis of which the user can download the app in their smartphone and use it.