Merely days after announcing ‘total war’ against extremist group ISIS, International hacktivist collective Anonymous has now claimed that it has taken down 20,000 Islamic State related Twitter accounts as a part of their efforts to dismantle ISIS with cyber-warfare through Operation Paris – #OpParis.
While the world collectively anguishes and reacts to the recent devastating Paris attacks carried out by armed terrorists in the city’s streets, Anonymous has launched a comprehensive campaign to take down or disrupt ISIS’ presence online. The announcement of a ‘total war‘ came earlier this week when a prominent Anonymous twitter account said the hacker group is at war with Daesh – the term that is now slowly being adopted by world leaders and various platforms to refer to the Islamic State. It is also a term that has several negative undertones toward ISIS, a term that the terrorist group does not take kindly to.
Make no mistake: #Anonymous is at war with #Daesh. We won't stop opposing #IslamicState. We're also better hackers. #OpISIS
— Anonymous (@GroupAnon) November 15, 2015
Speaking to a group of assembled journalists following the attack, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius asked the media and journalists to adopt the term ‘Daesh’ to refer to the extremist group instead of the ‘Islamic State’ – a name that validates the group’s desire for an Islamic caliphate.
This is a terrorist group and not a state. I do not recommend using the term Islamic State because it blurs the lines between Islam, Muslims and Islamists. The Arabs call it ‘Daesh’ and I will be calling them the ‘Daesh cutthroats’.
Anonymous Declares ‘Total War’ On Islamic State Following Paris Attacks https://t.co/a368j7vO9L #Anonymous #OpISIS pic.twitter.com/NHPpgMyYoe
— Hacked.com (@HackedCom) November 16, 2015
#OpParis Switches Gears & Claims to Takedown 20,000 Islamic State or ‘Daesh’ related Twitter accounts.
A member of Anonymous took to the hacktivist group’s official Youtube account and spoke with anonymity behind the symbolic Guy Fawkes mask. In a statement, the claim was clear:
More than 20000 twitter accounts belonging to ISIS were just taken down by Anonymous.
The statement read:
Hello, citizens of the world, we are Anonymous.
It is time to realize social media is a solid platform for ISIS’ communication as well as neutering their idea of terrorism among youth. At the same time, social media has proven that it is an advanced weapon. We must all work together and use social media to eliminate the account belonging to the terrorists.
More than 20000 twitter accounts belonging to ISIS were just taken down by Anonymous. You can find a list of all the twitter accounts in the description. This is only the beginning.
The spokesman also contends that Anonymous aren’t done just yet. The statement continued.
ISIS, we will hunt you, take down your sites, emails and accounts and expose you. From now on, no safe place for you online. You will be treated like a virus and we are the cure.
We are Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. ISIS, it is too late to expect us.
The list of ISIS-related Twitter accounts that Anonymous claims to have taken down can be found here [Pastebin].
The latest accumulated number of the takedown of 20,000 Twitter accounts comes days after Anonymous wiped several thousand ISIS-related Twitter accounts within a day after the original announcement of ‘total war’ against ISIS.
#Anonymous Takes Down Thousands of Islamic State Twitter Accounts Overnight https://t.co/s7mq5cj4Ij #OpISIS #ISIS pic.twitter.com/CiX0joMsXz
— Hacked.com (@HackedCom) November 18, 2015
Anonymous has also released several ‘How-to’ guides with detailed instructions on how to disrupt IS websites through DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) and MiTM (Man-in-The-Middle) attacks along with other tools and instructions to report ISIS-affiliated online platforms.
Anonymous Issues Guides So Anyone Can Join Online Battle Against IS https://t.co/qypE6hQCiD #infosec #security pic.twitter.com/meHUkCFclF
— Hacked.com (@HackedCom) November 20, 2015
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