American Drones are Killing Islamic State Hackers Now

By Adam Clark Estes on at

So-called Islamic State (IS) talks a big talk when it comes to hacking, and United States forces just showed they’re not going to put up with it. The Obama administration has announced that a drone strike has killed the organisation’s top cyber-terrorist, Junaid Hussain. At least one American leader says the rest of the IS hackers should watch their backs.< “This is a serious blow to ISIS and a swift act of justice against a top cyber jihadist and recruiter,” said Rep. Michael McCaul, chair of the House Homeland Security Committee. “The strike sends an unmistakable message to the terror group’s ranks: plot against us, even on social media, and we will find you.”

It was just three months ago that IS announced the beginning of an “electronic war” against the US. And while most of the so-called hacks that IS has bragged about on social media appear to be harmless, the US is using very harmful killer robots to combat the threat. The Navy’s “Loose tweets sink fleets” quote has never seemed so prescient. [The Hill]