London, April 8: Terrorists and extremists are creating growing numbers of safe havens on the “dark net” to plot future attacks, raise funds and recruit new followers, according to new research published on Sunday. Researchers for the Henry Jackson Society, a foreign policy thinktank, have said that terrorist organisations and individuals are evading security services and intelligence agencies by “hiding in the shadows” of the dark net, using encrypted messaging services, to communicate and anonymous cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin to generate funds, reports the Guardian.
The groups have also been able to create a reservoir of extremist propaganda, saving it from deletion by the security services or tech companies. The researchers said that the current encrypted communication app of choice is Telegram, which the Islamic State has encouraged members to use, with messages including explations on how to access new dark net sites linked to the group. (IANS)