Hacktivist group Anonymous is making good on its threat to disrupt ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), and has already taken down about 5 500 ISIS-linked Twitter accounts.
The operation, dubbed #opISIS or #opParis has seen Anonymous gain access to the personal information of alleged extremists. This information is said to include names and physical addresses.
Following last Friday’s terrorist attacks on Paris, Anonymous issued the following statement:
“Hello citizens of the world.
“We are anonymous.
“The aftermath of Friday, November 13, 2015.
“France is shocked by the events caused by terrorism in the capital.
“We first wish to express our sorrow and our solidarity with the victims, the injured, and their families.
“To defend our values and our freedom, we’re tracking down members of the terrorist group responsible these attacks, we will not give up, we will not forgive, and we’ll do all that is necessary to end their actions.
“During the attacks of Charlie Hebdo, we had already expressed our determination to neutralize anyone who would attack our freedom.
“We’ll be doing the same now, because of the recent attacks.
“We therefore ask you to gather and to defend these ideals.
“Expect a total mobilisation 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.
“We are anonymous.
“We are legion.
“We do not forgive.
“We do not forget.
ISIS responded to the threat, calling Anonymous “idiots” and stating the group is able to only “hack e-mail and Twitter accounts”.
The two organisations have butted heads before, following the Charlie Hebdo massacre in January, when Anonymous exposed more than 1 000 Twitter accounts.
Now, Anonymous has released how-to guides for people wanting to take part in the new attack on ISIS, with how-to instructions on how to hack ISIS-affiliated web sites and social media accounts.
These guides were posted on an IRC channel and Anonymous encouraged everyone to join this war against ISIS regardless of their level of computer skills.