Paris, France – In response to the deadly terrorist assault in Paris, hacktivist collective Anonymous declared war on ISIS. In a video posted to YouTube, the hacker group announced that in the wake of the Paris attacks, they would be taking the cyber offensive against the terrorist group.
The Guy Fawkes wearing Anon in the video called the terrorists “vermin,” warning that Anonymous will continue to “hunt them down” and reveal Islamic State supporters and propagandists, as they have since the Charlie Hedbo attack.
Speaking in French, a masked Anon representative stated:
“Anonymous from all over the world will hunt you down. You should know that we will find you and we will not let you go. We will launch the biggest operation ever against you. Expect massive cyber attacks. War is declared. Get prepared. The French people are stronger than you and will come out of this atrocity even stronger.”
The group didn’t elaborate on specific targets or operations but made certain that the world is aware that Anonymous opposes the Islamic State on all fronts.
— Anonymous (@GroupAnon) November 15, 2015
The main weapon used by ISIS to spread their extremist ideology has been social media, and regardless of your stance as to how the terror group was created or who created it, Twitter and Facebook have been the major tools for the growth of the Islamic State.
According to RT:
The hactivists’ work this year resulted in the dismantling some 149 IS-linked websites, according to a recent report in Foreign Policy. Anonymous also flagged roughly 101,000 Twitter accounts and 5,900 propaganda videos.
Anonymous also announced this week that they were able to trace a pro-IS hacking group CyberCaliphate that uses at least at least 10 Twitter handles to a single IP address in Kuwait.
A hacker with Anonymous, speaking to Epoch Times revealed that IS accounts have a life span of about eight hours before Twitter suspends them. After 10 suspensions, the hacktivist claims, “they disappear for a few weeks, only to re-emerge,” under a different name, yet with CyberCaliphate banner and with the same IP address.
In an effort to counter this massive ISIS social media presence, the Anonymous group Red Cult began an operation called #OpISIS as a means of combating the terrorist group in cyberspace.
As we reported previously, Facebook removed a group calling itself “Report ISIS Accounts” run by the hacking collective only hours prior to the Paris attacks, only to restore it the next day.
Anonymous is a collective of international activist computer hackers that have claimed responsibility for some of the most prolific cyber attacks in history.
Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has been published on Ben Swann’s Truth in Media, Truth-Out, AlterNet, InfoWars, MintPress News, as well as many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.