UK carries out cyber-attack on Islamic State

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Jeremy Fleming gave a debate in Manchester

The UK has conducted a “major descent cyber-campaign” opposite a Islamic State group, a executive of a comprehension group GCHQ has revealed.

The operation hindered a group’s ability to prepare attacks and suppressed their propaganda, former MI5 representative Jeremy Fleming said.

It is a initial time a UK has evenly degraded an adversary’s online efforts in a troops campaign.

Mr Fleming done a remarks in his initial open debate as GCHQ director.

“The outcomes of these operations are far-reaching ranging,” he told a Cyber UK discussion in Manchester.

“In 2017 there were times when Daesh found it roughly unfit to widespread their hatred online, to use their normal channels to widespread their rhetoric, or trust their publications.”

Mr Fleming pronounced a cyber-operations had disrupted a group’s online activities and even broken apparatus and networks.

“This debate shows how targeted and effective descent cyber can be.”


Mr Fleming also criticised Russia over what he called “unacceptable cyber-behaviour”.

He pronounced a use of a haughtiness representative on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury was “stark and shocking”, and demonstrated “how forward Russia is prepared to be”.

“The strong response from a UK and from a general village shows a Kremlin that bootleg acts have consequences. And it looks like a imagination on Russia will be in augmenting demand,” he said.

He also described some of GCHQ’s other goals, that enclosed tracking down people who use a dim web to discharge child sex abuse images.