Recently on the anniversary of the September 11th attacks on America, former Vice Chairman of the 9/11 Commission, Lee Hamilton commented that while the terrorist group ISIS represents a serious threat to the security of the United States, a greater threat may be posed by a cyber attack on the United States through hacking of our infrastructure including government agencies, banks, transportation systems and energy companies. The unfortunate truth, however is that ISIS already is looking to expand its attacks against America to cyberspace. ISIS is well funded and has already proven adept at using social media as a recruiting tool and posting professionally produced videos on YouTube. British hacker Abu Hussain Al Britani, also known as Junaid Hussein is an ISIS member who is, according to intelligence sources, attempting to recruit hackers into ISIS Al Britani was jailed in 2012 for hacking into the personal email account of former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
The development of cyber-warfare capabilities by ISIS is not to be taken lightly and hopefully, the United States as well as Britain and other countries joining in the battle against ISIS are actively working as a part of their anti-ISIS strategy to degrade their cyber capabilities as well as their military capabilities. Interestingly, there already are groups already taking cyber action against ISIS. Among these groups are the international secret group of hackers known as Anonymous as well as the Syrian Electronic Army, a group which has, itself, hacked American institutions such as the New York Times. However, the Syrian Electronic Army supports the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, which is an enemy of ISIS and so for once, the United States and the Syrian Electronic Army have a common enemy.