TheÂ Defense Department has formed “national mission teams” to conductÂ offensive cyber-based operations against the Islamic State militant organization as part of a wider effortÂ to disrupt the group’s communication activities, The New York Times reported Sunday.
David Sanger writesÂ DoD’sÂ latest cyber campaign aims to weaken the ability of Islamic State militants to spread their extremist propaganda, recruit adherents, disseminate commander orders and fund operations.
“We’re trying to both physically and virtually isolate ISIL,”Â Gen. Joseph Dunford,Â chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was quoted as saying by The Times.
The report said the effortÂ is aligned withÂ aÂ White House strategy to incorporate U.S.-built cyber weapons into the fight against the militant group.
National mission teams have begun to placeÂ “implants” into the Islamic State organization’sÂ networks to examineÂ the online habitsÂ of its commanders, according to the report.
Sanger notedÂ DoD aimsÂ toÂ imitate those activitiesÂ or alter messages the group transmits in cyberspace with the intent toÂ redirect militants toÂ areas where U.S.Â ground forces or drones can target them.