Al-Qaeda's new encryption tools following the Snowden leaks

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Al-Qaeda's encryption tools have evolved following the June 2013 Edward Snowden leaks, according to web intelligence and predictive analytics company Recorded Future.

The first part of the analysis, released last week, points specifically to three new encryption developments within three to five months of the leaks.

Tashfeer al-Jawwal is a mobile encryption program based on Symbian and Android and was released by Global Islamic Media Front in September 2013, according to the report. Asrar al-Ghurabaa, released by Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham in November 2013, and Amn al-Mujahid, released by Al-Fajr Technical Committee in December 2013, both serve as alternative encryption tools.

Al-Qaeda had previously relied heavily on the 2007-released Mujahideen Secrets platform, which was primarily used to encrypt emails, according to the release.

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