In an effort to stop ‘terrorist propaganda’ hacktivist collective Anonymous are engaging in a cyber-offensive against Islamic State, also known as ISIS. ISIS have a strong online presence and despite their backward ideology are adept with social media with accounts on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.
“You will be treated like a virus, and we are the cure. We own the internet.”
Anonymous have been tackling ISIS online for a while already but have stepped up their efforts in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. They have now published around 800 social media accounts linked to ISIS as well as used distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks to bring down ISIS websites.
While Anonymous embark on this attack they’d do well to remember their own tactics can be used against them and that anonymity is difficult to maintain online.
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