EXPOSED: Secret Text Message Ordered So-Called “Lone Wolf” Jihadi To Carry Out London Attack
The Mirror --
ISIS fanatics used the secretive messaging site Telegram to call for a “lone wolf” attack on Parliament just weeks before Khalid Masood struck.
A Sunday Mirror probe has uncovered chilling messages in which jihadi masterminds urged terrorists to mount atrocities in the UK.
They shared an image of an IS fighter dressed like executioner Jihadi John, wielding a sword in front of Big Ben.
The illustration – headlined Fight Them – showed a fireball and a tattered Union Flag flying from a pole.
Just weeks later Masood, 52, ploughed his car into scores of innocent bystanders on Westminster Bridge, killing three and injuring 50.
Masood had been sending messages via WhatsApp in the moments before Wednesday’s attack.
The Met Police revealed investigations suggest he acted alone.
But details of the online exchanges will mount fresh pressure on Telegram bosses to stop extremists from using it as a platform to recruit.
The social network site – formed by Pavel Durov, 32, in 2014 before he fled his native Russia over fears for his life – is a go-to tool for terrorists because it commands “end-to-end encryption”.
It means security forces are unable to hack the service, which has more than 100 million active users, or intercept the information they share.
Durov claims there is “little you can do” to stop terrorists using the service.
Messages uncovered during our probe show political leaders, Jewish schools, museums, pubs and clubs were identified as “perfect targets”.
One message, showed to the Sunday Mirror by a source, listed a series of recent strikes mounted by IS, before asking: “So what’s next? London? Berlin? Moscow? Add your city here.”
It then answered the question with: “Britain.” Read the whole thing
Westminster Bridge attacker Khalid Masood sent a WhatsApp message that cannot be accessed because it was encrypted by the popular messaging service, a top British security official said Sunday.
British press reports suggest Masood used the easily available messaging service just minutes before starting a rampage Wednesday that left three pedestrians and one police officer dead and dozens more wounded, including some with catastrophic injuries.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd used appearances on BBC and Sky News to urge WhatsApp and other encrypted services to make their platforms accessible to intelligence services and police trying to carrying out lawful eavesdropping.
“We need to make sure that organizations like WhatsApp — and there are plenty of others like that — don’t provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other,” she said.
Rudd did not provide any details about Masood’s use of WhatsApp, saying only “this terrorist sent a WhatsApp message and it can’t be accessed.”
But her call for a “back door” system to allow authorities to access information is likely to be met with resistance throughout the industry. In the United States, Apple fought the FBI’s request for the passcodes needed to unlock an iPhone that had been used by one of the perpetrators in the 2015 extremist attack on San Bernardino, California.
Masood drove a rented SUV into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before smashing it into Parliament’s gates and rushing onto the grounds, where he stabbed a policeman to death before he was shot dead. A detailed police reconstruction has found the entire attack lasted 82 seconds. Keep reading...