Operations Security guide favored by ISIS recommends using Apple's iMessage for communications

Operations Security guide favored by ISIS recommends using Apple's iMessage for communications
After last week's terror attack in Paris, there was speculation that ISIS used the Sony Playstation console as an encrypted communications tool. Conflicting reports said that the terrorists employed cellphones and would text messages to each other without bothering to encrypt it. Either way, authorities were unable to prevent the attacks from happening. Law-enforcement officials trying to thwart these terrorists, have a tough job. Published reports do say that some attacks have been foiled because the terrorists failed to encrypt their communications.

Recently, a 34-page booklet has been discovered by the Combating Terrorism Center in West Point. The booklet is handed out by ISIS to recruits, although it was originally written by Kuwaiti security firm Cyberkov. Created to help political activists and journalists protect their identity and the identity of their sources, the booklet has been hijacked by ISIS as a way to teach followers how to keep their location and communications private.

The so-called OPSEC booklet (short for Operations Security) recommends certain messaging apps, while telling readers that they should avoid apps like Facebook because communications using the social network can be intercepted. Also considered a no-no is Dropbox. Some of the negative feelings about the cloud storage service is political; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is on the company's board.

Services favored by the document include iMessage. Apple's messaging service cannot be broken into by government intelligence agencies, or by Apple itself. While VPN's are suggested, along with encrypted chat services, the OPSEC document recommends using Telegram or Sicher. Both are not headquartered in the U.S. The booklet also says that when using Android handsets or the iPhone, the official Twitter app should be used instead of third party apps. There also is a passage about using false Exif data to throw the authorities off your trail.

Other suggestions include the use of super secure encrypted phones like Blackphone. And in a bit of common sense, the document recommends turning off the GPS on any smart device used. Oddly enough, considering that ISIS recruits are suppose to follow the OPSEC booklet, there was no mention of the Sony Playstation that was allegedly used by the ISIS members that attacked Paris last week.

You can check out the document (it is a .pdf file) by clicking on the sourcelink.

source: ISIS-OPSEC via Wired

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96 Comments

1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1409; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

It's no surprised to see terrorists using funded American stuff to do bad things, whole world knew.

3. shinywindow unregistered

You are a moron jealous of American success. Don't be but hurt USA dominates !!!

6. djkhalid

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

hes simply saying the truth, this whole isis thing is a US plan so they can have an excuse to invade the middle east

7. Macready

Posts: 1798; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Yes yes, because there's so much there for the USA to enjoy, like sand and...uh...sand...and...oh..oil that they now have enough of at home to become a net exporting country if they wish to. Common sense, try it, rather than insulting ISIS victims with nonsensical theories.

10. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Yes oil. Whole reason.

16. HildyJ

Posts: 332; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Amen. ISIS gets its funds from oil. We know where the oil fields they control are. But we refuse to bomb them because, oil.

18. Macready

Posts: 1798; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Using the same fallacy, they didn't bomb Palmyra because oil. The less simplistic reason is that in order for there to remain an incentive for lokal ground troops te regain control over areas now controlled by ISIS and actually provide a future financial income or other backing for these lokal ground troops, not destroying that incentive is key.

20. RuneMaster

Posts: 75; Member since: May 31, 2015

You know USA took OIL from Iraq. Middle East is filled with OIL. It's the soul reason of USA's attacking.

27. engineer-1701d unregistered

you mean we should have taken the oil fields since we wasted time trying to help out stupid 3rd world country's that crappie in tin cans and have no basic plumbing system

31. djkhalid

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

the us didnt help anyone u misinformed go with the flow citizen. The sole purpose of get involved with the middle east is so the us can get oil. You think the us gives a s**t about anyone

57. willard12 unregistered

Apparently you are unaware, but the US is now the world's leading producer of oil. If the link below doesn't work for you, then refer to the gas prices since US firms started out pricing OPEC. The US isn't taking oil. Based on the billions of US taxpayer dollars spent on aiding Japan after the tsunami, US military support of Pakistan after its earthquakes, ending genocide in Kosovo, sending the US military and doctors to Liberia to help fight Ebola, the real question is why does the US care so much when jealous people throughout the world (such as yourself) will hate it regardless. Also, where was your country through all this? As I'm sure you're typing your idiotic comments on an ios, windows, or android device, the US appreciates you anyway. There is no taking of oil the US already has. Move on to the next conspiracy theory. http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL1N0I51IX20131015 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/oct/04/us-oil-natural-gas-production-russia-saudi-arabia

63. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Being the biggest producer of oil doesn't mean a thing. They also use a lot, especially with those gas guzzlers. Already owning the most oil, doesn't mean they don't want more. They always want more.

70. willard12 unregistered

It means oil producers have had to cut back on oil production in order to get the price per barrel down. It means oil refineries have been completely shut down because oil is in excess. It means the President can veto TransCanada's hope to build the Keystone Pipeline in the US. It means the US has no need for middle eastern oil which would only exacerbates those problems. And, it means you nor anyone else can produce one shred of proof of "stolen" middle eastern oil.

78. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You mean to get the price up. You cut back to get the price up. And it's not only about gaining oil to gain profit. It's about control of the oil. I'm not saying they stole oil from the middle east, that would leave a trail of proof. But it is about getting the people you control in the right position so they play ball with you. Hussein wasn't playing ball with USA, so he had to go. Good thing he happened to be a dictator, good excuse to invade the country. And you mean proof like the weapons of mass destruction that were supposedly there?

80. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It's no secret before the war, the oil industry in Iraq was closed off for western companies. After the war, big companies like Exxon,Shell and BP moved in. While this didn't benefit US alone, it is something to think about.

81. willard12 unregistered

Correct on the price per barrel, it's seen as too low. The invasion of Iraq was completely idiotic. But, it was merely an attempt to repair the image of a son's father who was criticized for not removing him as well as payback for an assignation attempt. The younger brother has made clear what lengths that family will go thru to defend each other. If the US had an oil motive for Iraq, or oil motive in general, there never would have been years of sanctions on Iran's attempt to hide its nuclear program. All of the corporations you mentioned wanted them removed and they still are not. But, floating conspiracy theories like the oil was the "soul" (sic) reason for wars only feeds hysteria on the other side. For example, it makes people like Surfboarder, who apparently doesn't know US unemployment is 5%, the stock market is almost 18000, the housing market has rebounded, there is thelowest rate of uninsured in history, is a "mess" that needs another "daddy's boy" to clean up. Anyone at GM can tell you that the "mess" was in 2008. Guys like him and Trump thrive on US hatred and conspiracies.

89. engineer-1701d unregistered

Actually us doesn't consume the most oil anymore India with cook now booming car economics and also China is involved with that as well since you don't care about destroying the plant of all the pollution

88. engineer-1701d unregistered

lol am not even an American citizen English that served in us navy out in 2000 only reason was for Bush to finish what daddy started and 2 old guys telling him is the best thing to do. enjoy the rest of the free crap we Americans give you, when trump takes office say good buy to your food unless it's traded for oil but if I had my way I would force us car companies to start with for electric and hydrogen vehicles no more gas force the hungry people in the third world countries that control most of the oil to suck it

33. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

stop watching TV...

51. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

Exactly the sh.t in a hole and use news paper to wipe!!

38. Macready

Posts: 1798; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

You know, that argument was shaky in the '90's ( the wars cost them much more than any oil served and serves them), as said above, they are now a net exporting oil country themselves. How much oil does Afghanistan provide to begin with?

72. Xperia14

Posts: 1203; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

The US created this whole refugee mess that is destabilizing the whole region as well as Europe. And Obama was shouting that we, Europe, had to take more and more refugees and that we should solve it while they're the #1 reason of this whole mess. And yet, the US is taking none of them. f**king hypocrites.

90. engineer-1701d unregistered

Why the hell should the US have to take any of the refugees screw them come to stay in their own damn lands and figure out their problems and fix this soon or no other country has a chance to do this if you weren't so far back in technology and hold in the world back this would not be a problem crazy freaking religious people

9. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2253; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Well, if anything, the excuse would be for the US to no longer allow privacy applications. I mean if you think about the purpose of the NSA it was to invade the privacy of whoever they thought to be a threat. So, all of this is would just give more fuel to the fire that privacy applications are a bad thing. If you actually read the .pdf file (which I'm assuming you didn't) a lot of the applications and technologies were also developed by people from countries in Europe (like Germany). Also, a lot of the applications were created from start-up companies and individuals that use them to do things like pirate movies and not have the government track what they're doing (Tor browser, protonmail, etc.). Also, anyone who understands history would know that the fight between the US/Western countries and the Middle East is merely a continuation of the Crusades. That's why there have been ISIS/al Qaeda fighters quoted as saying "We are leading a Crusade against the West". They feel the West is coming back in to invade their countries and so they are fighting back by invading the West in retaliation. So, I think there is two sides to this and both sides have a deep-rooted history of conflict.

26. engineer-1701d unregistered

I always said we should have nuked and turned it into a giant glass bowl as the terrorist djk halide said is production of that waste land

75. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Halide is a production of waste land? Based on their natual occurrence, one can't find br cl I and f in their natural state in the middle east. If anything, benzene is abundant there that is more likely to be their product.

25. engineer-1701d unregistered

well since we built China I guess that makes everything chiba has ours Hugo

42. Asa17

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

Sorry, but I'm with them on this one. It's already been made public that the US (among others) is funding ISIS. This world is all about greed, and the US is the pinnacle of greed.

91. engineer-1701d unregistered

I fully agree the US is full of greed their second in line to Apple and that's why I like trumped for office that we can get rid of all these lobbyists and all these stupid old people that go with the old ways

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