The Islamic State is, in some ways, looking more and more like an honest-to-goodness state these days. Earlier this month, The Guardian reported that the extremist group has hundreds if not thousands of bureaucrats working to establish rules and regulations, with official departments overseeing things like public health and natural resources. Yesterday, Reuters added that ISIS has a department to handle “war spoils.” And now, Politico reports that ISIS has been launching cyber attacks against the United States, in an effort to take down the country’s electrical grid.
Thankfully, the group’s cyber capabilities appear to be limited. So far, they’ve mainly been going after low-hanging fruit, Politico reports, like seizing control of the U.S. Central Command’s Twitter feed and other social media accounts.