US Cyber Command’s campaign to hack ISIS faced bureaucratic & data storage challenges 

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Newly declassified documents show that US Cyber Command had to overcome intense bureaucratic hurdles in order to launch its flagship operation against the so-called Islamic State. 

The trove of documents made public this week reveal numerous challenges with Operation Glowing Symphony including difficulties with gaining timely authorization to launch cyber attacks as well as storing data acquired through the hacks.    

The operation was launched in late 2016 under former President Barack Obama. The objective was to disrupt the capabilities and activities of ISIS terrorists in cyberspace. 

Internal assessments of OGS found that the operation “successfully contested” the terror group’s activities within the information domain despite the aforementioned setbacks. 

“We continue to assess our task accomplishment in the execution of OGS as successful overall,” one of the assessments concluded.