In what seems to be an imminent step, the US Defence officials at Pentagon have declared an all out cyber war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as Daesh. ISIS has been using the internet and social media efficiently for attracting and recruiting new terrorists. It is also using cyber attacks and hacking as a means to launch a war against its targets (governments) around the world.
The United States is one of their main targets and the various government departments in the US have been a victim of their attacks. It has led to a widespread criticism of the US in being unable to control the terror of Daesh in the cyber space and also for being a vulnerable target.
In what seems to be an imminent move, the US Defence has now decided to launch a counterstrike against the ISIS propaganda and cyber crimes. This counter operation from the US will be controlled by the Fort Meade Maryland based the US Cyber Command. A meeting was held on 27th January 2016 at Fort Meade which was presided over by Ashton Carter, the US Defence Secretary and General Joseph Dunford, who is the Marine General and also the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Defence forces.
The meeting included analysing the effectiveness of the US Cyber Command and it was criticised for not being effective in controlling the cyber crimes despite being in operation since 2010. Despite being in place for the last 6 years, US Cyber Command has failed miserably to control the growing treats of the cyber terrorists. The ISIS has risen in these years and has used social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to enlist terrorist. It has also used YouTube to disseminate propaganda videos.
It was decided in the meeting that Pentagon will go aggressively ISIS and its online assets. It has also appealed to the social media platforms to help it by banning terrorist contents.