Britain says its military is hacking ISIS

2016-10-21 08:37
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Bartella - Britain's Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says the British military is launching cyberattacks against the Islamic State group in support of the offensive against militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Fallon says he "can confirm we are using offensive cyber for the first time in this campaign". He was responding to a question in London on Thursday.

He didn't go into any further detail but the admission is a sign of how some officials are tentatively opening up about the use of hacking on the battlefield.

In 2012, a US general raised eyebrows by acknowledging the use of cyberattacks against insurgents in Afghanistan.

Last month, Der Spiegel reported that the German army hacked into an Afghan telecommunications firm as part of an operation to help free a kidnapped aid worker.


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