Anonymous, the hactivist group that attempts to expose evil doers, has declared “total war” on Islamic State (IS) in response to the deadly attacks in Paris, the group announced on a YouTube video and on Twitter.
A spokesperson wearing the iconic Guy Fawkes mask, promised to launch massive cyber attacks against IS, according to RT.com. The spokesman, speaking in French, said Anonymous will hunt IS all over the world.
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.
Anonymous: We Have Better Hackers
In a Twitter message, Anonymous said the group is at war with Daesh, the name that Islamic State is known by in the Middle East.
— Anonymous (@GroupAnon) November 15, 2015
The Twitter message also noted that Anonymous has better hackers than does IS. The YouTube video noted that the French people are stronger than IS and will emerge from the recent attacks even stronger.Anonymous began working to expose and hack IS following the terror group’s fatal attack against Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris in January. Anonymous, a loosely organized network of hacktivists, has tracked, hacked and exposed thousands of Twitter accounts it claims were associated with IS.
Group Exposes IS Sites And Accounts
Anonymous has already dismantled 149 IS-connected websites, according to Foreign Policy, a Washington, D.C.-based publication and website. Anonymous also identified nearly 101,000 Twitter accounts and 5,900 videos, Foreign Policy said. The report noted specific cases where Anonymous hackers exposed IS members.
One hacker, John Chase, compiled a database of 26,000 IS-linked Twitter accounts and helped build a website to list the accounts. He took measures to protect the website hacking attempts from IS and its sympathizers.
Chase became an official spokesperson for #OpISIS, a group opposed to IS.
Anonymous Acts Against IS
In a nine-month period, the attacks against IS has increased in frequency and in visibility, the report noted. Some members of the Anonymous network are former security and military specialists. While the group includes people from diverse backgrounds, they are united in fighting IS on Twitter and on the deep web.
The hactivist group said this week they traced a pro-IS group called CyberCaliphate which uses at least 10 Twitter handlines, to a Kuwait IP address, according to RT.com.
An Anonymous hacker told Epoch Times, a global news source, that IS accounts have an eight-hour life span before they are suspended by Twitter. Following 10 suspensions, the IS accounts disappear for a few weeks, then re-emerge under a different name, still carrying the CyberCaliphate banner and the same IP addresses.
The CyperCaliphate group claims credit for a number of cyber attacks, the activist noted, but pro-IS hackers fake most of their attacks.
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