New tweets about the hacktivist group named “Anonymous” flow into Twitter on a constant basis, with Sunday, November 22, being the day that the hackers warned of major ISIS attacks. November 22 is an important day, claims Anonymous, as being the day ISIS will attack Paris and other cities, reports the International Business Times. With the branch of Anonymous known as “OpParisIntel” hacking ISIS intelligence, claiming to have learned about at least eight cities or events that ISIS plans to disrupt on Sunday, November 22, search terms like #opparis and “anonymous official account” are showing up under related searches for ISIS.
The FBI has commented on the “ISIS attack Sunday” issue, reports CBS. Although Anonymous reported on Saturday that ISIS planned to cause harm in Atlanta on Sunday evening at the WWE Survivor Series, the FBI didn’t consider that to be a credible threat. J. Britt Johnson told CBS News that, despite calling the alleged ISIS threat something they took seriously, it was something that wasn’t deemed credible. As such, the doors for the WWE event plan to still open at 6 p.m. as of this writing.
“The FBI is aware of reports of an alleged threat that includes an Atlanta, Georgia, venue and event. While we take all threats seriously, we do not have specific or credible information of an attack at this time. We have, however, made the proper notifications as we continue to work closely with our law enforcement and private sector partners to keep our community safe.”
Anonymous did report that the WWE threats lodged against Atlanta by ISIS were not 100 percent confirmed by the hacker group.
In spite of searches for the official Anonymous account, there doesn’t exist one official account from which to glean all Anonymous news. However, the Anonymous Twitter account @YourAnonNews is one of the largest — if not the largest — with 1.58 million followers on Twitter. That Twitter account describes itself as a “signal boost” for the hacktivist group, spreading news about Anonymous in a more organized, congregated, and official manner.
Another location that publishing plenty of findings from Anonymous about ISIS is Pastebin. Trending posts on the Pastebin website claim to expose the Facebook accounts of various ISIS members, as well as claims of taking down hundreds or thousands of ISIS Twitter accounts.
A search for Anonymous accounts on Twitter results in additional popular accounts spreading news about the hacker group. The Anonymous account on Twitter, @GroupAnon, has 286,000 Twitter followers. That account describes itself as one used by multiple Anonymous accounts.
Not all of the Anonymous groups that appear on Twitter are related to taking down ISIS. The Twitter account, called OpISIS, located at @TeamDestroyISIS, is one of those affiliated with taking down ISIS websites, according to the account’s Twitter description. That particular Twitter account has garnered nearly 12,000 followers.
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