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Britain carried out its first major cyber-attack in 2017, disrupting Islamic State’s communications and propaganda infrastructure for much of the year, one of Britain’s intelligence chiefs has revealed.

Jeremy Fleming, the director of GCHQ, which is better known for its communications interception work, said his agency had worked with the Ministry of Defence to make “a significant contribution to coalition efforts” against the al-Qaeda splinter group. He said that as well as making it “almost impossible” for the group to spread its message, the attack had protected forces on the battlefield.

Source: Bloomberg Technology News

Date: April 12th, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-12/u-k-reveals-its-first-major-cyber-attack-was-against-is

Discussion

1) Revealing this news obviously suggests that the Islamic State is considered a legitimate target for a cyberattack.  At what point does someone or a group not become a legitimate target?

2) What sorts of things might GCHQ have done to attach the Islamic State’s communications?

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