Nice, FR — Scores of people were murdered and dozens more injured after a truck plowed through a crowd during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, France. Officials are calling it “the worst attack” in the city’s history. Only hours after the attack, Anonymous took to the web to launch ‘Operation Nice,’ vowing to “track down” members of the terrorist group responsible for the attack on the French city.
In the Anonymous video, the speaker explained that the reason they’ve launched #OpNice is “to defend our values and our freedom.”
“We’re tracking down members of the terrorist group responsible for these attacks,” the speaker said.
“We have already expressed our determination to neutralize anybody who will attack our freedom. We’ll be doing the same now.”
“Expect a total mobilization on our part.”
“This violence should not weaken us. It has to give us the strength to come together and fight tyranny and obscurantism together,” they continued.
In December of last year, Anons took to the internet and waged #OpParis on ISIS. The results of that campaign were nothing short of inspiring. Some 25,000 ISIS accounts were taken offline.
Shortly after taking down 5,000 accounts after the attacks, Anonymous published a ‘Guide to Fighting ISIS Online.’
The release of this guide enlisted the talents of amateur hackers worldwide, and the results were nothing short of phenomenal.
The guide was published in an IRC (internet relay chat) channel by a member of the hacker group. That member released the guide, along with the following message.
“Instead of sitting idle in the [chat] channel or lurking around and doing nothing, you can benefit greatly from the different tools and guides that have been provided to you,”he wrote. “Your contribution means a lot and we encourage you to partake in all of the Op’s activities if you can, the more the merrier.”
While details are scarce a the moment, we do know the truck driver was killed by police. When law enforcement searched the truck, they found ID papers belonging Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old French national who was born in Tunisia, sources told media.
According to the Nice-Matin newspaper, Bouhlel is described as a solitary figure who even didn’t return greetings when their paths crossed. According to Sebastien who lived next to him, Bouhlel did not seem overly religious, was often dressed in shorts and sometimes wore work boots.
As Anonymous takes to the web to seek out those who would destroy innocent lives, Western governments are already plotting their next increase in troops. Instead of conducting an investigation and attacking only those responsible, like the hacktivist collective will likely do, government will invade countries, drop bombs, and even arm their enemies — creating a vicious cycle of endless war and terror.