An interesting event has recently unfolded, as following the French terrorist attacks, the activity hacker network known by the name of Anonymous has made a public announcement, saying that they are preparing to release a full-fledged attack on the Islamic State.
Based on this, in an unverified video that has been posted on YouTube, a representative of the company, wearing the signature mask went ahead and stated that the group will soon begin using its extensive expertise in order to begin a strong offensive against ISIS, and the militants who have claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The offensive will come in the form of numerous cyber-attacks, meant to discourage ISIS members from using the internet. The spokesman stated that this attack will represent the group’s biggest operation to date. His words were: “Expect many cyberattacks. War has been declared. Get ready”. Of course, the famous ‘We do not forgive. We do not forget’ was also present.
At this moment in time, it seems like the group has managed to identify the profiles of over 39,000 ISIS members, which were then reported to Twitter for further investigation. Following the report, over 25,000 of these accounts were suspended from the platform. Currently, 14,000 profiles from the list remain active, as Twitter carries out further investigation.
Apart from the Anonymous organization, another party known by the name of Ghost Security have made a press statement, stating that they have managed to find a bitcoin address associated with the group. In their statement, they also said that they’re carrying out their own fight against the group, by restricting their access to social media platforms, while identifying who the people involved with the terrorist organization are.
It’s worth keeping in mind that Anonymous activists alongside with hackers affiliated with other organizations begun attacking the Islamic State this January, when the ISIS carried out an attack on the French weekly publication, Charlie Hebdo, leading to the deaths of 17 people.
Based on everything that has been outlined so far, what do you personally think about the cyberwar that Anonymous and other organizations of ethical hackers have begun fighting against the Islamic State? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
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