Britain's leading spy chief today announced that Britain's first major cyberattack was against the dreaded Islamic State, which hampered the terrorist group's ability to coordinate attacks and suppress their propaganda.
Jeremy Fleming, Director-General of the United Kingdom's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), said at a conference in Manchester that the Authority conducted an "aggressive cyber campaign" against IS last year.
"In 2017, there were times when (ISIS) found it almost impossible to spread their hatred online, using their normal channels to spread their rhetoric or trust their publications," Fleming said during CyberUK United Kingdom National Cybersecurity Center
"This is the first time Britain downgrades an opponent's online efforts systematically and permanently as part of a wider military campaign." Did it work? "I think it's done This campaign shows how Targeted and effective offensive cyber can be, "he said.
In his first public speech since taking over the GCHQ in March 201
"It shows how ruthlessly Russia is prepared to be, how little the Kremlin cares about the rule-based order, how they may endeavor to endanger ordinary lives, blurring the boundaries between criminal and state activity", he said.
"The robust response of Britain and the international community shows the Kremlin that illegal actions have consequences, and it looks like our expertise in Russia will be increasingly in demand."
Under his leadership, GCHQ has often Referred to as UK Listening Point, announced plans to open a new plant in Manchester next year, part of broader measures to expand its network of threats to address the threats facing the country in the digital age.
"It will create hundreds of high-profile jobs for people who play an important role in protecting this country, and our new facility will open up a vast new pool of highly talented, tech-savvy recruits vital to our future success," he said.
In addition to its headquarters in Cheltenham, southwest England, GCHQ currently has offices in Bude, Cornwall and Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Last year, the National Cyber Security Center, which is part of GCHQ, has its headquarters in London.
GCHQ works with more than 6,000 employees alongside MI5 and MI6 UK
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