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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

What Role Did CyberTerrorism Play in the ISIS Belgium Attacks?

While the ISIS attack in Brussels yesterday centered more on pure physical terrorism and destruction compared to the online attacks against the US Department of Defense - Chief of Staff, the US Office of Personnel Management and Sony Corporation cyber-planning and communications surely were critical factors in carrying out this horrific act. Two brothers - Ibrahim El Bakraoui and his brother, Khalid El Bakraouible - blew themselves up during the bloody attacks which rattled Western Europe to its core. ISIS is set to come under renewed attack from hackers following its terrorist atrocities in Brussels yesterday. Tuesday's attacks in Brussels bear a shocking similarity to the methods employed by ISIS in Paris on November 13, experts said. Those attacks are believed to have been coordinated by ISIS' external operations wing, using multiple attacks across the city to overwhelm the police and evade capture. Hacking group Anonymous have issued a declaration that it will up its cyber attacks on the terror group in the wake of the bombings in Belgium. The group unveiled its so-called 'Op Brussels' today in which it vowed to continue 'hacking their websites, shutting down their Twitter accounts and stealing their Bitcoins'. So what roles can cyber-countermeasures or preemptive cyber tactics play in thwarting future terrorist threats? Let us know your feedback at the Cloud and Cyber Security Center.

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