In 2016, the US Cyber Command carried out successful operations against the online propaganda of the Islamic State (ISIS), this is what emerged from declassified national security top-secret documents released on Tuesday.
The documents have been
According to the documents, the US Cyber Command “successfully contested ISIS in the information domain,” its operations had a significant impact on online radicalization and recruitment of the terrorist organization.
The first offensive hacking operation dated back 2016 and dubbed “Operation Glowing Symphony” was detailed in the documents released by the National Security Archive at George Washington University.
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The offensive Operation Glowing Symphony was carried out in November 2016 by Joint Task Force Ares (JTF-Ares),
The documents reveal the result of a 120-day assessment US Cyber Command conducted after the completion of
The assessment pointed out problems faced by the US cyber units, including the challenges of storing a huge amount of data contained in the hacked ISIS servers and accounts and the difficulty in coordination with other coalition members and US government agencies.
The Operation Glowing Symphony was approved in 2016 by president Barack Obama. It was initially approved for a 30-day period in late 2016, but it was later extended.
Operation GLOWING SYMPHONY is considered an important
“Operation GLOWING SYMPHONY was originally approved for a 30-day window, but the a July 2017 General Administrative Message reported the operation’s extension to an unknown date. Whether the operation is currently ongoing or not, it is public knowledge that JTF-ARES continues to operate.” continues the post. “It is also increasingly apparent that the counter-ISIS mission, JTF-ARES, and Operation GLOWING SYMPHONY are viewed within the US military’s cyber-