ISIS has become well known for its use of the Internet in its global terror campaign. The terrorist hackers might be fighting a virtual war, but they can still be killed by real weapons. The White House is announcing another high-profile strike against a top target.
This week, the Obama administration announced that they successfully targeted and killed Islamic State hacker Junaid Hussain in a drone strike.
The British-born Hussain (seen below) was part of the group that called itself the Islamic State Hacking Division and was responsible for several major terrorist activities.
One such activity was participating in a messaging outreach campaign that led to the radicalization of the gunman who was involved in a shooting at a cartoon contest of the prophet Mohammed in Garland, Texas.
He was also associated with the spreading of a "hit list" filled with names of over 100 United States military officials, complete with photos, names and addresses. This list was published and disseminated by the "Islamic State Hacking Division."
Hussain's death is considered to be crippling to the entire terrorist organization.
"This is a serious blow to ISIS and a swift act of justice against a top cyberjihadist and recruiter,” Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul said to The Hill. “The strike sends an unmistakable message to the terror group's ranks: plot against us, even on social media, and we will find you.”
Hussain was the second senior-level ISIS official killed by U.S. drone strikes in as many weeks. The White House confirmed last week that Haji Mutazz, second in command to ISIS head Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, was killed by a successful strike.