FBI does take those threats via Whisper seriously
Turns out Whisper will hand over user info to law enforcement
The question of the day is, do anonymous messaging apps let users truly remain anonymous? Turns out the answer to that question happens to be no.
A lot of news is hitting the wire today about one Mr. Garrett Grimsley of Cary, North Carolina who just so happened to use the so-called anonymous messaging app Whisper to make a credible threat.
On February 19, 2017 Garrett thought it would be a good idea to head to Whisper and post “Salam, some of you are alright, don’t go to Cary tomorrow.”
Another user saw the post in a public forum and decided to respond, you know to start up a chat to see where things might lead; “Why what’s happening in Cary tomorrow?”
To which our lovely friend Garrett responded; “Aslam alaikum brother. For too long the kuffar have spit in our faces and trampled our rights. This cannot continue. I cannot speak of anything. It will be only the beginning, insha’Allah.”
So as you can guess, the other user who engaged Garrett felt the need to promptly report him, rightfully so.
I am not sure which part of what Garrett did was more idiotic the fact that he posted what seemed like a threat in a public forum or the fact that he utilized Whisper to do it.
Countless stories about Whisper tracking user data goes all the way back to 2014 and to top that off with some whipped cream and a cherry, the company does have a clear policy any user can read up on in that, they will comply with requests from law enforcement for user data.
Although, the very same policy states that it does not retain user info such as real name or address and other personal info it does retain that one little thing people forget about…an IP address which law enforcement is really good at utilizing in an effort to find someone’s physical address.
The moral of the story here is that, if you say it online and it appears to be a threat, don’t be shocked when the FBI kicks in your front door and raids your home.
Cristal M Clark