The Taliban saw its information network disrupted today as email accounts, websites, and mobile phones connected to the organization began spreading false reports that its leader, Mullah Omar, had been killed. The militant Islamist group, which remains in the spotlight for harboring suspected al-Qaeda terrorists after 9/11, was quick to blame the United States military for the cyber attack, calling it "technical larceny."
Despite being notoriously secretive, the Afghanistan-based militant troupe has made its presence known in cyberspace, even going so far as to set up its own Twitter account. The terrorist group is particularly sensitive to modern technology and its ability to give away location data. Taliban documents have been discovered in the past that warn members of the dangers of carrying things like mobile phones.
Today's virtual attack on the Taliban's web and phone communication has led the group to threaten its regional phone service providers for cooperating with Western forces. One NATO spokesperson claimed to have no knowledge of the incident, while another refused to comment on the terrorists' allegations. Whatever the case, it's clear that the face of the war on terror is changing, and the internet is quickly becoming another front line.