After declaring war on ISIS in the wake of the Friday’s attacks in Paris, various reports are claiming that the hacker group Anonymous have exposed over 5,500 ISIS affiliated accounts on Twitter, which have since been removed.
This has left many questioning why a group of hackers can track down the social media accounts of terrorists and the companies whose platforms they’re using can’t.
While Twitter is quick to suspend people when feminists, homosexuals or Black Lives Matter activists become offended at comments, when it comes Islam and the call to violence they use social media for, they stand by and do nothing.
It would seem that the corruption promoted by the Obama Administration has created an atmosphere where it’s more important not to offend people than it is to stop terrorism. While hacking social media accounts isn’t doing anything to permanently fix the problem that is ISIS, at least Anonymous is doing something.
In the days since the Charlie Hedbo attack, Anonymous has had quite a reputation, that until recently was becoming watered down by progressives and wannabe hackers.
When most people think of a ‘hacktivist’ they imagine somebody who resembles Lisbeth Salander, the popular character from the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo novels by Stieg Larsson. However, according to those who have encountered members of Anonymous, they’re just normal people with incredible talent.
Nevertheless, Anonymous’ latest Op appears to be bearing fruit. Galvanised by the groups’s online call to arms on Saturday, which has now been viewed over 5.5million times, tens of thousands of anonymous web users have been contributing to OpParis, tracking down ISIS accounts and reporting them to Twitter.
With estimates of the number of suspended ISIS accounts ranging up to the thousands, Anonymous can now claim to have done considerably more to damage ISIS than Facebook users adding tricolour flags to their profiles. Indeed, Anonymous is even doing more than some western countries, many of which still refuse to participate in the fight against ISIS. Suspending Twitter accounts may not be much, but it’s something.
Anonymous have always seemed like the bin-men of the internet. They aren’t very fashionable, and few like to be seen next to them. But they remain the best at what they do: tracking down bad guys. Once it was cat abusers. Now it’s terrorists.
It’s important to remember that though Anonymous is fighting against ISIS on a cyber level, not a whole lot is known about this group. What they’re doing to terrorists, they can just as easily to do us. For now, let’s be grateful that they’re on the side of the people.
The second blow Anonymous dealt ISIS was by publishing name and addresses of alleged recuiters. The owners of those accounts have not been contacted to verify the claims:
Anonymous has begun publishing the names and addresses of alleged ISIS recruiters.
The masked hacking group declared war against the Islamic State in the wake of the Paris attacks, vowing to silence extremist propaganda and expose undercover operatives.
Now it has leaked details of at least five men it claims are recruiters for the terror group, as well as taking down 5,500 Twitter accounts.
Mirror Online has seen the names, addresses and phone numbers of men living in countries including Afghanistan, Tunisia and Somalia.
Anonymous activists also claimed to have identified a “high-ranking” recruiter living in Europe, but have not yet published an address.
ISIS answer Anonymous:
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is trying to get ahead of the hacking collective Anonymous and blasting them as “idiots” after they declared cyber war on the terrorist group after last Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris.
Shortly after Anonymous made its announcement, ISIS distributed a list of tips to its followers in an attempt to help them fend off the digital onslaught, according to several reports.
The pointers range from basic advice — don’t open links unless you know the source — to more complex guidance on using a private Internet connection and changing your IP address “constantly.” An IP, or Internet Protocol, address is the number assigned to a device connected to the Internet.