The United States has announced a new strategy against the Islamic State. Cyberbombing, which is remotely attacking their computer systems.
The Department of Defense's Cyber Command unit is planning cyberattacks against the terrorist organization. The goal is to disrupt the Islamic State's ability to spread its message, attract new recruits, carry out day-to-day functions, and more.
It is rare that the administration hosts public discussions about plans like these, but they hope by speaking openly about it that they rattle the Islamic State's commanders.
The Cyber Command will study ISIS networks, in hopes of redirecting militants in a way that will leave them exposed to U.S. ground forces or drone attacks.
Cyberbombs will also complement operations to bomb warehouses full of cash by using them to interrupt electronic transfers. Lisa Monaco, deputy national security advisor, is also leading efforts to explore ways of disrupting the use of social media for recruiting.
Though these cyberattacks mark a new approach for the US, Ms. Monaco suggested that the effort is just the beginning. “We are not going to kill our way out of this conflict,” she said. “And we are not going to delete our way out of it, either.”
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