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Cyber Campaign: Pentagon Ponders Fighting ISIS Online


rt articleThe following is an excerpt from rt.com | December 21, 2015 |

The US military is about to open a digital front against Islamic State terrorists, several media outlets reported, citing sources from inside the Pentagon. So far, the cyber campaign has been managed by the State Department, reportedly with little success.

Pentagon officials have been asked to show some options to the White House, US officials who spoke on condition of anonymity told the Los Angeles Times over the weekend. The US Cyber Command in Fort Meade, Maryland could use malware to disrupt Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) propaganda and recruitment efforts online, the officials added.

The State Department’s Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC) currently runs a Twitter campaign called “Think again, turn away,” aimed at potential IS recruits. With much deeper pockets than the State Department, the Pentagon’s operation could easily dwarf the CSCC’s 70 employees.

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