Telegram app reportedly involved as ISIS claims responsibility for Manchester attack

Often used by terrorirsts due to the encryption levels, the popular messaging app Telegram could be one of the sources of the communication involved is in connection with the suicide bombing that killed 22 people at the end of a Ariana Grande concert Monday night in Manchester, England.

The Islamist terror organization released a statement that was posted on Twitter by the Site Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadists. The statement was also reportedly posted Telegram, a secure messaging app launched in 2013 by Russian entrepreneurs Nikolai and Pavel Durov, who are brothers.

Here is a copy of the statement, courtesy of Site Intelligence:

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Telegram, which had 100 million monthly active users as of February 2016, has become a popular messaging app, because the encryption methods, although some critics have said that the Telegram in the security and encryption protocol is not reliable.

Telegram claims its levels of encryption are more secure than those of Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which it is often compared. WhatsApp has more than 1 billion monthly users.


The service is available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Ubuntu, has become a favorite for ISIS, which has drawn further investigation of the service.

With effect from April 2017, Telegram CEO Pavel Durov said that the company had 40 million monthly active users in Iran, according to a report by the Commission for the Protection of Journalists blog.

Telegram has become popular for the possibility to let users have secret chats, in which users are accepted by the invitation, according to a report in the technology website, The Verge.

Upon entering the chat encryption keys are exchanged and only after the keys are exchanged, users can be authenticated.

Telegram could not immediately be reached for comment on this story.


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