The “keys to the cyber caliphate”: The daring U.S. raid to seize the ISIS personnel database

To Inform is to Influence

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SUNDAY, JUL 2, 2017 01:00 PM EDT

How U.S. counterterrorism intelligence got their hands on the data that changed the fight against ISIS

Excerpted with permission from “Hacking ISIS” by Malcolm Nance and Christopher Sampson. Copyright 2017, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. Available for purchase on AmazonBarnes & Noble and IndieBound.

When he woke for dawn prayers on 17 May, 2015, “Caliph” Ibrahim, a.k.a. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the commander of the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant al-Sham, a.k.a. ISIS, would be informed of a massacre that had occurred near Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria. US Special Operations forces had completed a bold and daring direct action, penetrating directly into the heart of the territory occupied by the self-proclaimed “ISIS.” The Americans had not just carried out a raid but had flown hundreds of miles behind…

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