Cyber Space, Warfare, Espionage, Terrorism and International Law

War on Terror through Cyber Space

Cyber warfare, cyber espionage, and cyber terrorism has become the latest and the newest – if not necessarily the most gruesome – reality for the coming times. The loudest example for the onslaught of terrorist elements resorting to acts of violence that are carried out on an entirely cyber level is that is the ISIS recruitment agenda – as well as the retaliation that ISIS’s cyber excursions have faced. It has been long known throughout the world that the terrorist outfit known as ISIS or the Islamic State has been making profuse use of cyber space to recruit young fighters and to lure people into joining their outlet – this is perhaps the best organized plan of cyber terrorism that the world has witnessed in a long time, for it has so easily rendered so many of our combative faculties futile as could have been applauded in not for the notoriety of their purpose.

But that is not all there is to this story. Apparently ISIS is not the only one who has thought of resorting to cyber warfare for the sake of furthering its agenda in an offensive manner – lately the Foreign Office launched what can be called a counter attack that was entirely Twitter based; this was done in order to combat ISIS’s propaganda through cyber space. Following what has been the migration of some 700 Britons to ISIS dominant territories like Syria and Iraq, the Foreign Office decided to answer stone with stone: and so it answered cyber offense with cyber defense through what is an evidently emerging procedure of national (and international) defense.

The campaign was known as UK Against ISIL, and updated followers on the UK government’s ongoing efforts to oust the terrorist outlet. Therefore as it turns out the United Kingdom isn’t just retaliating militarily to the vastly emerging threat but also through cyber space – and these points to the enormity of the significance that is placed on cyber space as of today. By effectively tackling and blocking ISIL’s efforts and endeavors to reach out to British youth, the Foreign Office has successfully laid down an insulated layer between the predator and the prey. Where the offense and the attack were hitherto coming in from cyber space, the Foreign Office has dexterously placed itself in the middle – within the cyber space. One Foreign Office Spokesman had got the odds of it right: ISIL needs to be defeated and it needs to be defeated on all fronts, and those include the cyber front as well.

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