Anonymous fights ISIS online

Anonymous uses the iconic Guy Fawkes mask as their symbol

By Isaac Rosso Klakovich

Anonymous uses the iconic Guy Fawkes mask as their symbol
Anonymous uses the iconic Guy Fawkes mask as their symbol

Following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris the online “hacktivist” known as Anonymous declared war on ISIS. The group released a video the Sunday after the attacks declaring that ISIS should expect many cyber attacks.

“Get ready for a massive reaction from Anonymous. Know that we will find you and we will never let up,” declared Anonymous in the video they released. “We are going to launch the biggest ever operation against you. Expect very many cyber attacks. War is declared. Prepare yourselves.”

Anonymous, along with other cyber communities have been doing similar work in the past years to combat ISIS and other Jihadist groups. They were especially active after the attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that killed eleven people and injured eleven more.

One of the main ways in which Anonymous combats groups like ISIS is by taking down their social media presence. Much of the recruitment done by ISIS is done through propaganda on different websites and social media. There are two main ways that Anonymous deals with these accounts, they will either hack into them and shut them down from the inside, or flag them so the social media website itself can take them down. So far Anonymous has taken down 149 websites, removed 5000 propaganda videos, and flagged 100,000 Twitter accounts according to foreignpolicy.com.

Anonymous is declaring Dec. 11 Official ISIS Trolling Day. They will hack many social media accounts and are campaigning for people to mock ISIS online as well as demonstrate in the streets.

“We will show them what they really are they do not stand for a religion, they do not stand for a god,” stated Anonymous said in post on Gostbin.com “They are brainwashers teaching from the young to the old their propaganda against the ‘west’ when in reality they are just increasing the distance between countries by giving many a bad name.”

Photo Courtesy of: www.ibtimes.co.uk

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