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US Cyberweapons Is Ineffective in Combating ISIS

13.06.2017 16:44

The Islamic State terror group (outlawed in Russia) has become for the US a difficult cyber-enemy, The New York Times reported. According to the article, the cyberweapons that America used against Iran and North Korea proved to be ineffective in combating the ISIS on the Internet.

"It has been more than a year since the Pentagon announced that it was opening a new line of combat against the Islamic State. The mission was clear: Disrupt the ability of the Islamic State to spread its message, attract new adherents, pay fighters and circulate orders from commanders", – the authors of this article reminds.

But in the aftermath of the recent attacks in Britain and Iran claimed by the Islamic State, it has become clear that recruitment efforts and communications hubs reappear almost as quickly as they are torn down. The Islamic State’s tactics make it a particularly tough foe for cyberwarfare. The jihadists use computers and social media not to develop or launch weapons systems but to recruit, raise money and coordinate future attacks.

Even one of the rare successes against the Islamic State belongs at least in part to Israel, which was America’s partner in the attacks against Iran’s nuclear facilities. Top Israeli cyberoperators penetrated a small cell of extremist bombmakers in Syria months ago, the officials said. That was how the United States learned that the terrorist group was working to make explosives that fooled airport X-ray machines and other screening by looking exactly like batteries for laptop computers.

The information helped prompt a ban in March on large electronic devices in carry-on luggage on flights from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries to the United States and Britain. It was also part of the classified intelligence that President Trump is accused of revealing when he met in the Oval Office last month with the Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.