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By Ann Tyller | March 3, 2016 12:06 am

Pentagon started a cyberoffensive against Islamic State in Syria for the first time in recent weeks by deploying military hackers against the extremist group’s computer and cellphone networks, according to the Pentagon.

U.S. officials have used a number of measures to counter Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL. But many of these efforts have failed to prevent the group from using technology to recruit, plan attacks and move resources and money. Islamic State has used its geographic stronghold—most notably in Raqqa, Syria, and Mosul, Iraq—to train and plan attacks in the Middle East and elsewhere, and its use of technology is central to this effort.

Pentagon started a cyberoffensive against Islamic State

Pentagon started a cyberoffensive against Islamic State

The digital assault, launched from Ft. Meade in Maryland, marked the first major integration of U.S. Cyber Command into a major battlefield operation since the command was established in 2009.

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s disclosure of a government-sanctioned cyberattack represents a shift in America’s war-fighting strategy and power projection.

125,000 Twitter accounts with alleged links to Isis have been suspended since mid-2015 by Twitter alone.

It all started In January when the wife of an American citizen who was killed in an Isis bombing in Jordan filed a court case against Twitter, blaming them for her husband’s death.

“Without Twitter, the explosive growth of Isis over the last few years into the most-feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible,” ran the complaint.

Several U.S. lawmakers have said that if the military would disclose some of its cyber-capabilities, it could serve as a deterrent from adversaries intent on attacking the U.S. Revealing cyberweapons could also serve as a signal to Congress and the public that the U.S. has a new way of countering Islamic State militants, who have so far proven more difficult than expected to contain using more traditional warfare.

“Sitting there trying to play whack-a-mole to knock these communications platforms off can be so complicated and so resource intensive and only marginally effective,” said John D. Cohen, a former senior Homeland Security counterterrorism official who teaches at Rutgers University.

No other nation has yet publicly acknowledged initiating cyberwar.

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