US launches cyberwar to ‘take out’ Islamic State group’s internet

The US military’s secretive cyber warfare group, Cybercom, is working to destroy the Islamic State group’s internet connections and leave it in a state of “virtual isolation”, Pentagon chiefs have said.

In what he described as the command’s “first major combat operation”, Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said Cybercom was 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 tyrannise and control population, interrupt its ability to recruit externally,” Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday.

“We’re bombing them, and we’re going to take out their internet as well.

General Joe Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Carter’s top adviser, said the goal was to cut off the group’s lines of communication. 

“The overall effect we’re trying to achieve is virtual

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