The Pentagon announced U.S. commanders launched a cyberoffensive against the Islamic State in Syria for the first time recently by using military hackers.
The hackers, who work from Ft. Meade in Maryland, target Islamic State computers and cellphone networks. The offensive marks the first significant integration of the U.S. Cyber Command into a major battlefield operation since it was established in 2009.
Secretary of State Ashton Carter’s disclosure of launching a government-sanctioned cyberattack is also the first time any country has publicly acknowledged instigating cyberwarfare.
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