Offense might just be the best form of defense when it comes to tackling the so-called Islamic State's plan to mount a computer hacking campaign against the West, says U.K. Finance Minister George Osborne.
Osborne said that ISIS' "murderous brutality" has a strong digital element and warned that banks, cars, the military and schools are all potential targets.
"(Islamic State is) already using the internet for hideous propaganda purposes; for radicalization, for operational planning too," he said at a speech at the UK's government communications headquarters.
"They have not been able to use it to kill people yet by attacking our infrastructure through cyberattack. They do not yet have that capability. But we know they want it, and are doing their best to build it."