Yesterday global hacktivist collective Anonymous put a tweet out via their #OpParis account claiming to have taken down more than 5,500 twitter accounts associated with ISIS. This tweet comes after they released a video on Monday declaring cyber war on IS.
In the video they express their solidarity with the victims of the Paris attacks and promise, “total mobilisation”, also declaring “we do not forgive, we do not forget. Expect us”.
In addition to taking down the accounts they’ve begun leaking the personal details of suspected ISIS recruiters. Today they put out an official tweet explaining the impact of their actions.
Who are Anonymous?
Anonymous are renowned for their coordinated crusade against the Church of Scientology and operations against corporate giants PayPal with #OpPayback, MasterCard, VISA and Sony. The collective, identified by their use of the Guy Fawkes mask, started out with pranks like an online rumor that dead infamous rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls were alive in New Zealand. They’ve also been associated with hacking media, leaking contestant names and causing general nuisances for large corporations.
In the past 3 years Anonymous have turned to addressing more political concerns, such as supporting Wikileaks, the Occupy Wall Street and Arab Spring movements, and most recently disabling ISIS websites and Twitter accounts.
“Our capability to take down ISIS is a direct result of our collective’s sophisticated hackers, data miners, and spies that we have all around the world. We have people very, very close to ISIS on the ground, which makes gathering intel about ISIS and related activities very easy for us.”
Anonymous spokesperson Alex Poucher to RT
According to Foreign Policy Anonymous has carried out targeted online attacks on ISIS since the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris on 7 January 2015. It is believed they have brought down 149 IS websites in the past year.