Anonymous Begins Offensive Against Daesh, Takes Down Over 5,500 Pro-ISIS Accounts
On Sunday, we told you that Anonymous declared war on ISIS in a video uploaded to YouTube in retaliation to the horrific attacks on Paris. “You should know that we will find you and we will not let you go,” a spokesperson in the signature mask warns. “Anonymous from all over the world will hunt you down.” And it appears that the Anonymous offensive on Daesh is already well underway.
Anonymous hacktivists have begun assembling lists of the Twitter accounts and websites of extremists. They are also leaking the personal information of suspected jihadists, including the physical address of a person it claims is a Daesh recruiter in Europe.
The Anonymous Twitter account OpParis boasted that 5,500 pro-ISIS Twitter accounts had already been taken down.
— #OpParis (@opparisofficial) November 17, 2015
The hacker group called their campaign against Daesh their “biggest operation.” The hacktivists went on to make more threats. “Expect massive cyber attacks. War is declared. Get prepared.”
— Anonymous (@GroupAnon) November 15, 2015
A loosely related group of hackivists, BinarySec, vowed a DDoS attack on Daesh sites with the appropriate hashtag of #GetRekt.
— BinarySec -Official- (@TheBinarySec) November 17, 2015
BinarySec has been outspoken about their crusade against Daesh:
“We as a collective will bring an end to your reign of terror. We will no longer turn a blind eye to your cruel and inhumane acts of terrorism towards all other religions that are not Islam. We’ve watched you behead innocent people, kidnap and murder children, and then launch terrorist attacks in France. This will NOT BE TOLERATED ANY LONGER. We here at BinarySec live for the sole purpose of bringing down All ISIS Propaganda ONE website and/or person at a time. ISIS… Your Jihad is coming to an abrupt end . We here at BinarySec will be one of the driving forces to your end and that’s a promise. ISIS… The War Is On.”
The Islamic Cyber Army posted a response to the declaration of war by Anonymous:
“The Anonymous hackers threatened in new video release that they will carry out a major hack operation on the Islamic State. What they gonna hack…all they can do is hacking twitter accounts, emails etc…”
It appears that Daesh has taken the threats from Anonymous very seriously and even posted this handy guide on how to avoid being hacked.
— GhostSecPI (@GhostSecPI) November 16, 2015
Anonymous promised much of the same threats against ISIS stemming from the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January. Foreign Policy Magazine stated that in the last nine months, hacktivists claimed to have dismantled 149 Islamic State-linked websites and flagged roughly 101,000 Twitter accounts and 5,900 propaganda videos. Let’s keep it going.