How US Military Hackers Prepared to Hack the Islamic State


In 2016, US Cyber Command (CYBERCOM), a part of the military tasked with conducting offensive cyber operations, hacked internet infrastructure used by the so-called Islamic State. Now, redacted versions of formerly Top Secret and other classified documents obtained by Motherboard lay out the contours of how CYBERCOM planned that operation, taking into account political fallout, the chance of the attack being attributed back to the US government, and other potential consequences.

 The documents provide a snapshot of what goes into an official US military hacking operation, the bureaucratic machinations and analysis that comes with it, and how CYBERCOM tries to account for a number of different situations springing from its own hacking campaigns.

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Source: Motherboard