Anonymous, a group of loose knit activist hackers, or hacktivists, announced that they were declaring war on ISIS following Friday’s terrorist attacks on Paris, France.
According to Reuters, a member of Anonymous, wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, posted a video to YouTube calling the Islamic State militants who claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks “vermin.”
“These attacks cannot remain unpunished,” the unidentified man said, speaking in French.
“We are going to launch the biggest operation ever against you. Expect many cyberattacks. War has been declared. Get ready,” the added. “We don’t forgive and we don’t forget.”
Check out the video, which has been viewed over a million time on YouTube, below.
The declaration of war on ISIS by Anonymous was also repeated on several of their Twitter accounts.
— Anonymous (@GroupAnon) November 15, 2015
At approximately 11:00 p.m. on Sunday evening, Anonymous revealed their first list of targets on the website Pastebin, which includes nearly 1,000 Twitter accounts they claim are associated with ISIS. Prior to posting the list, the hacktivist group shared a message for the members of the Islamic State group.
“ISIS Supporters and Militants, We Are Anonymous, We Do Not Forgive, We Do Not Forget, Expect us! We are the collective today we bring you a mass amount of isis twitter accounts for your enjoyment, namaste.”
As of Monday morning, the Anonymous twitter account #OpParis had taken credit for disabling more than 3,800 pro-ISIS Twitter accounts.
This isn’t the first time Anonymous has declared war on ISIS. In August, 2014, the group of hacktivists declared a “full-scale cyber war” against ISIS.
“Welcome to Operation Ice #ISIS, where #Anonymous will do it’s [sic] part in combating #ISIS’s influence in social media and shut them down,” the group said at the time, according to the Atlantic.
Anonymous’ declaration was fueled in January, 2015, after the attack on French weekly, Charlie Hebdo, which led to the deaths of 17 victims. The group teamed up with other hacker groups, GhostSec and Ctrlsec, and were able to reveal 9,200 ISIS-linked social media accounts in March. Several donation pages for the terrorist group on the dark web were taken down by Anonymous.
It seems as though Anonymous has formed a following, with many social media users thanking them for taking on ISIS.
Anonymous are the worlds real heroes. Normal people standing up to global organisations. Brilliant.
— Jacob Cartwright (@jakeycart) November 16, 2015
— Eye on Politics (@EyeOnPolitics) November 16, 2015
If Anonymous can bring back humanity, i’ll be thankful for the rest of my life
— Pray For Peace (@LovaticsByDemii) November 16, 2015
never underestimate the power of Anonymous,I know they can find anything they want. they’re v good. they’ll expose something in coming hours
— ZOE LONDON ⚡️ (@zoelondondj) November 16, 2015
Tbh I have more faith in Anonymous when they say they are going to shut them down, than I do with our govt. #bbcdp
— Mark Davies (@BlueDeltaMarky) November 16, 2015
In a widely spread statement, Anonymous said their new missions #OpISIS and #OpParis “is to identify and report supporters of the atrocious November 13th 2015 Paris attacks in an effort to assist finding those responsible, demonstrating that we do not tolerate such atrocities and gather information that could help prevent further attacks in the future.”
ISIS took responsibility for the deadly attacks on Paris on Friday that left 129 people dead, and more than 300 injured.
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