Anonymous Declares War on ISIS
Hackivist group Anonymous has officially declared war on ISIS. The group plans to antagonize them in any way possible online, proclaiming that they are superior hackers and will do anything they can to disrupt the terrorist group’s recruitment processes.
“Anonymous from all over the world will hunt you down. You should know that we will find you and we will not let you go. We will launch the biggest operation ever against you,” the spokesperson said in French.
Critics are skeptical of Anonymous and what they can provide in such a conflict, but experts are certain that they are willing to work with the U.S. and to block ISIS’s Internet capabilities.
“The motivation of Anonymous as a whole really is to get attention,” Matt Harrigan, president and CEO of cyber threat detection firm PacketSled, who monitors the hacking group, told The Hill this month. “It’s a PR machine for causes that somebody inside Anonymous has decided are important.”
The Hill reports:
The hacking collective launched a series of denial-of-service attacks on ISIS sites, flooding the pages with phony traffic to disable them. Many of the Twitter accounts the group outed were ultimately suspended.
Intelligence officials use ISIS’s prominent online presence to track its activities, and some suspect U.S. spies have created fake jihadist websites to attract its members.
This led some foreign policy experts to criticize the Anonymous campaign on the grounds that it could hurt intelligence gathering.
Others questioned the effectiveness of the hacks, because ISIS can easily revive Web activities under new accounts.
Anonymous — a loosely affiliated collective — has come under fire in the past for leaking inaccurate information and failing to control its members.
While the group gained early support for its campaigns targeting the Church of Scientology and the Westboro Baptist Church, it later faced criticism for incorrectly identifying the shooter of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
The group earlier this month released a much-anticipated list of around 375 alleged Ku Klux Klan members who appeared to be largely culled from public data and fell far short of a promise to “unmask” 1,000 KKK members.
Saturday’s message was not posted to the group’s official YouTube channel, but a tweet from the official Anonymous account said that the group was at war with Daesh, another name for ISIS.