The Islamic State group wants the world to believe it’s not just a terrorist group but a dangerous hacking collective capable of infiltrating critical digital networks in the U.S. and elsewhere. Don’t believe the hype, at least not yet. Hackers who claim to be affiliated with the extremist group — also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh — have a “strong intent” to penetrate the U.S. energy grid, U.S. officials told CNN in October. But the group has shown no indication it’s capable of such an attack, and national security officials have consistently warned that rival nation-states pose the biggest threat to the 16 critical infrastructure sectors in the U.S. Still, ISIS supporters have sought to portray them as a credible hacking threat over the past six months by claiming to “leak” information about U.S. government and military personnel — which was actually already available. “Basically, there’s a slew of hacking collectives who support ISIS, but thus far there’s not a group that’s officially hacking on their behalf,” said Alex Kassirer, an ISIS hacking analyst at the global intelligence firm Flashpoint. “They’ve been extremely prolific in terms of how much they’ve been doing, but some of the data dumps they’ve done are actually recycled from […]
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