Did The Paris Attackers Use PGP and Encryption For The Attacks?

CNN aired the opinion of an expert regarding the likelihood that Paris attackers used the dark net and PGP – that is, peer-to-peer communication – in order to coordinate the Paris attacks Friday of multiple targets, including a show of California band Eagles of Death Metal.

The sites could be interpreted as symbolic. Symbols of western culture leisure and realization: a sports stadium, restaurants and a theatre where an American band played.

That the attackers apparently acted in unison, in three separate teams, raised suspicions about dark net use to carry out the abhorrent and outrageous attacks. The attackers, well-armed with assault rifles and suicide belts, began the assault at 9:20pm on Friday November 13th. A terrorist detonated a suicide bomb outside the gates of the soccer stadium on the northern outskirts of Paris. The attack ended at 12:20am when authorities entered a concert hall, The Bataclan, where 89 people had been killed.

French authorities are certain that three terrorist teams carried out the highly coordinated attacks in Paris that left 129 dead. Belgian authorities arrested three people allegedly linked to the massacres. French authorities carried out raids in the wee hours of Monday morning.

French police, on high security alert Saturday evening, confirmed an “ongoing police intervention” at the Pullman Hotel near the Eiffel Tower, according to the BBC. Apparently, no shots had been fired.

The Paris prosecutor Francois Molins claimed all seven terrorists died during the attacks late Friday. One killed by French police and two who detonated their suicide belts as security forces closed in.

“We can say at this stage of the investigation there were probably three coordinated teams of terrorists behind this barbaric act,” he said at a news conference on Saturday 14th November.

Molins said the seven terrorists carried out the attacks in highly coordinated teams, beginning with the Stade de France, or National Stadium, at 9:20pm as a suicide bomber ignited his vest outside of a friendly soccer match between France and Germany.

The death toll surpassed the Charlie Hebdo massacre and were the deadliest in Europe since the 2003 train bombings in Madrid, which killed 191 people.

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack, France passed stringent surveillance laws allowing authorities to spy on the digital and mobile phone communications of anyone linked to “terrorist” inquiries.

Protesters campaigned against the bill under the banner “24 hours before 1984” and Amnesty International warned of “extremely large and intrusive powers” sans judicial oversight.

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