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Jihadists Get Encryption Upgrade

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January 26, 2008
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“Last week, an Islamist Web site called Al-Ekhlas released updated encryption software to help keep secret communications from prying eyes. The site is allegedly frequented by al-Qaida supporters.

According to the Middle East Media Research Institute, the first version of the software, “Mujahideen Secrets,” was released a year ago as “the first Islamic computer program for secure exchange [of information] on the Internet.” MEMRI says that the program includes “the five best encryption algorithms, and with symmetrical encryption keys (256 bit), asymmetrical encryption keys (2048 bit) and data compression [tools].”” (Information Week)