Apparently, an elite jihadi forum with strong Taliban links has been warning subscribers that it has been “infiltrated”. It is not clear who has done the infiltration nor what the nature of it is (although potentially it would enable the infiltrator to obtain details of those logging into the site and identify their location).
There has, of course, been a large amount of discussion in the United States about the importance of building not only a defensive cyber capacity but also an offensive capacity. Usually, the offensive role is described as being available for retaliation against an individual, organisation or nation that threatens US cyber space. However, the principle might easily be extended to others – such as the Taliban – who threaten US interests and troops. So is this the first example of the talked-of US offensive capacity in action?