Pentagon Working to ‘Take Out’ Islamic State’s Internet

US-Military-Cyber-SecurityThe US military’s secretive Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) is working to destroy the Islamic State group’s Internet connections and leave the jihadists in a state of “virtual isolation,” Pentagon chiefs said Thursday.

In what he described as the command’s “first major combat operation,” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said CYBERCOM is playing an important role in the US-led military operation against the IS group in Iraq and Syria. “The objectives there are to interrupt ISIL command and control, interrupt its ability to move money around, interrupt its ability to tyrannize and control population, interrupt its ability to recruit externally,” Carter told lawmakers at a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting, using an acronym for the IS group. “We’re bombing them, and we’re going to take out their Internet and so forth as well. Carter’s top military advisor General Joe Dunford, who is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the goal was to cut off the jihadists’ lines of communication. “The overall effect we’re trying to achieve is virtual isolation. And this complements very much our physical actions on the ground, and the particular focus is external operations that might be conducted by ISIL,” Dunford said.