According to the official information from the Pentagon, it is using the storehouse of new digital weapons to attack Isis communications networks. This is the first time that the US has officially acknowledged doing so during an active war.
It became known that the operators from the US Cyber Command have launched assaults on nodes, overloading them with data. In other words, the Pentagon was looking to accelerate cyber-strikes likened to the traditional disruption of enemy command networks. It was admitted that the American cyber attacks aim at instilling a loss of confidence in the security and efficacy of the internal communications of the terrorists.
The industry experts remind that thus far, the United States has only acknowledged using digital weaponry in vague terms and kept it in secrecy, because the America’s cyber arsenal has regarded operation as part of covert intelligence activities. For example, it is believed that Stuxnet, a worm that disrupts Iran’s nuclear program, has been jointly developed by the United States and Israel. However, the US government has never formally acknowledged possessing other cyber weapons aimed at Isis.
The United States is using cyber weapons against Islamic states as a method of warfare alongside the airstrikes and other operations raids peculiar to the American campaign in Iraq and Syria. Now the US military is making clear that it is capable of and will carry out offensive cyber operations against the terrorists. Of course, the Americans always knew they could do it, but the official announcement is still a big line to cross.
The US government declined to reveal the details of its cyber campaign, but said that it contributed the broader objectives of isolating the Isis capital of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria.