The U.S. military is using new digital weapons to try to neutralize Islamic State’s ability to communicate and control
The U.S. military is using new digital weapons to try to neutralize Islamic State’s ability to communicate, control forces and manage finances in Syria and Iraq, top Pentagon officials said, providing fresh details about the newest front against the terror network.
The US Cyber Command headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, in January encouraged workers there to “do what they can” to intensify the fight against the Islamic State group. The US-led coalition is working to disrupt the Islamic State’s command chain “to cause them to lose confidence in their networks”, Mr Carter said.
Much of the telecommunications infrastructure in Mosul and Iraq was put in place by the US following the 2003 Iraq war, potentially making the job of hacking it easier. us military forces continue to provide training and logistical support to Iraqi Security Forces who will be leading the effort to attack and reclaim Mosul. “We don’t want them to have information that will allow them to adapt over time”.
USA officials told The Associated Press last week that the military had launched a far more aggressive cyber campaign against the group.
While officially not affiliated in any way, this revelation now means that ISIS is under cyber-attack from both the US Military and the hacking collective known as Anonymous.
This is something that’s new in this war, not something you would’ve seen back in the Gulf War 25 years ago, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday at the Pentagon.
Cyber warfare involves the use of trained computer hackers, backed by electronic and human intelligence, to break into foreign computer networks and information systems.
“There’s a monumental shift in global security happening right now, from simply protecting systems and equipment to having the capability to attack and control them”, said Alan Paller, research director at SANS Institute, a cyber training center in Bethesda, Md.
“Bringing in the best talent, technology and processes from the private sector… helps us deliver comprehensive, more secure solutions to the DOD”, said Chris Lynch, a former Microsoft executive and technology entrepreneur who heads DDS.
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