ISIS using encryption to evade FBI

Terror groups such as ISIS are using encrypted programs to prevent law enforcement officials from accessing their communications with recruits, presenting a major new obstacle to tracking terrorists, FBI director James Comey told lawmakers Wednesday.

"This is not your grandfather's al Qaeda," he told a Senate panel.

Comey said ISIS is using social media platforms to reach out to potential recruits and "lone wolves" who'd conduct individual attacks and directing them to smartphone messaging applications that are encrypted end-to-end -- locking law enforcement out.

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He said ISIS has 21,000 English-language followers on Twitter now, turning that into a fertile recruiting tool.

With this use of social media, Comey said, recruits have a "devil in their pocket all day long that says 'Kill, kill, kill.'"


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