U.S. Military Beefs up Internet Arsenal
A USA Today article, via Military.com, reports that:
The U.S. military is quietly expanding capabilities to attack terrorists' computer networks, including websites that glorify insurgent attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq, military officials and experts say.More here.
The move comes as al-Qaeda and other groups fighting in Iraq and elsewhere have expanded their activities on the Internet and increased the sophistication and volume of their videos and messages. Much of the material is designed to raise money and recruit fighters for Iraq.
"You should not let them operate uncontested" on the Internet and elsewhere in cyberspace, said Marine Brig. Gen. John Davis, who heads a military command located at the National Security Agency. The command was established to develop ways to attack computer networks.
Davis and other officials declined to say whether the military has actually attacked any networks, which would require presidential authorization. The techniques are highly classified.