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Title:WhatsApp the new tool for terror?

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HYDERABAD: The global revolution in mobile-based applications that's made communication easier for the common man has spelt doom for intelligence agencies back home. Unable to 'break through' encrypted messages of terror operatives, increasingly taking to this medium for exchange of information, sleuths confess that nabbing these 'hi-tech' offenders has become a tough task. The most used encrypted apps include
WhatsApp and Viber that, officials say , transmit data in encrypted form so that the 'text' can be deciphered only by the sender and receiver.
That these platforms provide free-of-cost communication between people living in any corner of the globe is an added bonus.

"Local intelligence officials are struggling to find ways to penetrate through the walls of these messaging apps. Currently, even if the messages sent through these channels are successfully intercepted, it is impossible to break them down as they are in encrypted form - unlike in the case of e-mails and SMSes where the information is in plain text," explained an expert.

To make matters, some terror outfits, sources say, are now taking to lesser-known or customized apps available only to members of the 'gang'. Decoding them, cops admit, is even more difficult.

"If decrypting data transmitted through popular apps is difficult, analyzing information sent through tailor-made apps is next to impossible. Decrypting can be carried out only through software support provided by the particular service provider. But that, unfortunately, isn't happening," rued a cyber forensic expert with Telangana police.

Cyber security expert-turned-entrepreneur Sainath Gupta put forth a similar explanation while highlighting how terror groups have achieved expertise in establishing an undetectable line of communication. "WhatsApp introduced end-to-end encryption system only last year. Before that, the messages that the users exchanged could be easily accessed. Now, however, it works on an end-to-end device level making it difficult for outsiders to decrypt information without the company's help," he said.

But the difficulties notwithstanding, some insist that decoding these messages isn't impossible, provided people have sufficient expertise.
"Cross-platform instant messaging apps like WhatsApp appear to be secure on the outside as all messages are encrypted. However, nothing is 100% safe and every 'secure' app available on the internet has some loopholes.Anybody with an extensive knowledge of how the system operates can find their way around firewalls and access any information," said Rajat Shahi, founder of Hackmania that regularly organizes hackathons across the country .

This expertise, unfortunately, is missing from the current crop of investigating teams, sources claim. "Not only are they incompetent to decrypt these messages, even identifying the app through which a message is sent is a huge challenge for them. Only once the identification process is successfully completed can security agencies even attempt to hack the instrument and retrieve the information, right? Otherwise, how can they even hope to decode data," said a source airing serious concerns over the limitations in investigation that have been forcibly imposed by these popular apps.



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