Monday, February 29, 2016

U.S. Accelerates Its Cyber War Against The Islamic State

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter (L) and Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford arrive at a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington February 29, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Reuters: U.S. waging cyber war on Islamic State, commandos active

The United States is waging cyber attacks against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, and its newly deployed commandos are also carrying out secret missions on the ground, Pentagon leaders said on Monday, in the latest signs of quietly expanding U.S. activity.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the cyber attacks, particularly in Syria, were designed to prevent Islamic State from commanding its forces, and Washington was looking to accelerate the cyber war against the Sunni militant group.

"The methods we're using are new. Some of them will be surprising," Carter told a Pentagon news conference.

General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the cyber attacks were helping lay the groundwork for an eventual offensive operation to recapture the city of Mosul in Iraq from Islamic State.

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More News On The U.S. Accelerating Its Cyber War Against The Islamic State

Pentagon Deploys Cyberweapons Against Islamic State -- WSJ
Pentagon admits it is 'looking to accelerate' cyber-attacks against Isis -- The Guardian
US Cyberattacks Can Expose Islamic State Communications -- AP
U.S. launches cyber attacks on Islamic State -- Washington Times
Pentagon mobilizes military hackers against Islamic State -- L.A. Times
Pentagon unleashes Fort Meade cyber warriors on Islamic State -- Baltimore Sun

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