A senior British security official uncovered a secret mission by which the Government Communications Office, known by its acronym GCHQ as a general intelligence agency, was able to jam and paralyze drones used by the extremist organization in its operations, and to make its fighters electronically stranded, to the point of They can no longer communicate with each other on the battlefield, according to what Al-Arabiya.net has learned from what the Times newspaper reported today, in a news story in which it said that Jeremy Fleming, Director General of the Bureau, described a British radio program, how “cyber attacks” were carried out. Thwarted the organization’s activity in Syria.
“We tried some early techniques to disrupt their use of some drone technology, which was causing a problem for us, so we used Internet technologies to influence how these drones operate,” said Fleming, “while General Patrick Sanders, head of the Strategic Command, said that ISIS communications via cell phones and computers. The mobile phones were also cut off, “and when they tried to coordinate attacks on our forces, we found that their devices were not working, and that they could not trust the orders they received,” he said.
“We wanted to deceive them, mislead them and make them less effective and less coherent, and we undermined their morale. But you can’t do it in cyberspace only. You have to coordinate that and integrate it with activities on the ground,” the general added, adding that disrupting “ISIS” communications gave British military leaders an element of surprise. ” The tactics also destroyed terrorists’ propaganda, data, and withholding them from their social media accounts, so the number of violent videos they produced decreased, “as he put it.
As for Director Fleming, he also said: “The new tactics led to the establishment of the” national cyber force “last year, and it is a force that Al-Arabiya.net has learned about its history. But Fleming said that “there is a group of campaigns aimed at deterring countries such as Russia and China,” but he did not confirm if Britain had previously used offensive tactics similar to what it achieved with “ISIS” against another country.