Hacktivist Group Anonymous (#OpISIS) Takes Down Islamic State (ISIS) Social Media Accounts
The hacktivist group Anonymous has launched a massive cyber attack against Islamic State (ISIS) terror group, who were also responsible for the terrorist attack against the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
ISIS has a huge social media presence, with multiple Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram accounts. In a video appeared on Youtube, Anonymous group and RedCult announced the operation #OpISIS and claimed to have carried out cyber attack against hundreds of Twitter and Facebook accounts used by the Islamic State for its own propaganda and to recruit new members. According to the video, Operation #OpISIS is coordinated by “Muslims, Christians, Jews” alike and a masked individual discusses the aim of the campaign.
They are “hackers, crackers, Hacktivist, phishers, agents, spies, or just the guy next door… students, administrators, workers, clerks, unemployed, rich, poor.” They are also “young, or old, gay or straight… from all races, countries, religions, and ethnicity. United as one, divided by zero.” video explains.
A list of more than hundred Twitter and Facebook accounts suspected to belong to Islamic militants has been released by Anonymous. Twitter has already suspended more than 1500 ISIS accounts since the group released the first list in June, 2014 and dozens of militant recruiting websites were knocked offline using collective DDoS Attack.
Thousands of Twitter accounts associated with terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) are still active and spreading jihadist propaganda despite a campaign by the hacktivist collective Anonymous to take them down. According to Anonymous, it’s just the beginning of their operation and warned ISIS that there will be “more to come.”
We will hunt you, take down your sites, accounts, emails, and expose you…
From now on, no safe place for you online…
You will be treated like a virus, and we are the cure…
We own the internet…
We are Anonymous; we are Legion; we do not forgive, we do not forget, Expect us.
However, ISIS supporters are circulating a new social media guide with instructions for acquiring accounts undetected.
In June, Hacktivist collective Anonymous launched a campaign to take down social media accounts and websites associated with ISIS terrorists as a response to the recent Charlie Hebdo attacks under operation #OpCharlieHebdo.
Anonymous hackers also threatened to target Saudi Arabia and related nations for funding and supporting ISIS group. In a previous note they explained, “We are unable to target ISIS because they predominantly fight on the ground. But we can go after the people or states who fund them.”
Originally published at thehackernews.com on February 9, 2015.