The Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, could be capable of conducting cyberattacks on the United States, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command warned Tuesday, CNN reported. Adm. Michael Rogers, who oversees the military's cyberspace operations, made the comments while addressing the Senate Armed Services Committee.
ISIS had "harnessed the power of the information arena" for propaganda of their ideology, Rogers said, according to CNN. They have also used social media platforms to recruit and coordinate their activities, he added.
Rogers said that ISIS could start “to view cyber as a weapon system" to attack critical infrastructure in the U.S.
"It's not beyond their ability if they made that decision," he said, according to CNN.
While referring to cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, Rogers mentioned the December attack on the Ukrainian power grid, which left hundreds of thousands without electricity.
The U.S., along with a coalition of several other countries, has been conducting airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
The concerns over ISIS’ actions grow as the group claimed responsibility for attacks in Paris in November 2015 and Brussels in March. The Sunni militant group has also reportedly been recruiting and radicalizing in the U.S. and Europe.