Snowden reveals wrong "encrypted email" from an IS video

The terrorist organization "IS" had threatened in embassy with further attacks

The terrorist organization "Islamic State" (IS) has again threatened Europe in a new video. Behind the creation of the message, in which one threatens with further assassinations such as in Paris, the media arm of the movement, Al-Hayat, stuck. The clip titled "Kill 'em wherever you find her" also includes a short passage at the beginning that appears to be a PGP encrypted email. The site has triggered some wild speculation.

The tabloid "Mirror" even headline, it could be an indication of the next attack.

Premature excitement

But the excitement is unfounded, now appeases the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden via Twitter. He took a closer look at a section of the video and points to oddities. The date of the generation of the RSA key is three days after the dissolution of the message, but immediately before the beginning of the attacks on the 13. November should have been sent. For this purpose, a base 16 value, which is fictitious, is used as the ID of the main key. Because it contains an "O" and an "H", although the hexadecimal number system knows only numbers from 0 to F. "It turns out that the IS can not even properly fake cryptography," comments Snowden the Fund amused.

Source: The independend

He advises journalists to keep a firm eye on interlocutors from government agencies to appeal to the video. First and foremost, he may well be a representative of security agencies. Next round of crypto-debate Both FBI and NSA officials have repeatedly criticized the increasing use of encryption of communications and data traffic, including the need for backdoors for investigation purposes. A demand that encounters strong opposition from crypto experts and many IT companies. Snowden himself is also considered a proponent of comprehensive encryption. In his assumption, IS's crypto-fake indicates that the terrorists consider any restrictions on strong encryption in the West to be their own advantage.

(of theVPNTester, 25.01.2016)


Created on:01/26/2016

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