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The Pentagon is developing cyber warfare tools to fight ISIS

Joint Task Force Ares' offensive operations will initially be limited to Iraq and Syria.
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US Cyber Command chief Adm. Michael S. Rogers has created a dedicated unit tasked with developing a suite of malware and digital weapons that can be used to wage (a digital) war against ISIS. The Pentagon originally gave Cyber Command the daunting task of launching online attacks against the Islamic State earlier this year. Unfortunately, according to The Washington Post, Cybercom was ill-prepared for the role -- besides lacking the tools to get the job done, it didn't have the right people to pull it off. WP says the new team is called "Joint Task Force Ares," and some of their possible missions include disrupting the terrorist group's payment system and knocking their current chat app of choice offline.

The Pentagon could also use the task force if it will reduce the risk of civilian casualties -- for instance, cutting off communications to a hideout instead of bombing it. However, while it will be in charge of offensive operations, it won't be responsible for finding the military's airstrike targets. At this point in time, Joint Task Force Ares will only deploying cyberattacks against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. A Pentagon official told the WP, though, that the unit will go global in the future.

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