Hacking group Anonymous has promised to launch a fresh wave of cyber attacks against the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group.
The group, which is made up of ‘hacktivists’ who claim to carry out cyber attacks in order to protect democracy, announced the warning in a video on YouTube where they claim to have already shut down a number of Twitter and Facebook accounts used by the Jihadist militants.
Islamic State uses social media as a channel to broadcast its propaganda and vile rhetoric, as well as also posting videos which show the brutal murders of hostages. The group also continues to use Twitter and Facebook as a powerful tool to recruit new members.
“ISIS, we will hunt you, take down your sites, accounts, emails, and expose you. From now on, there [will be]no safe place for you online – you will be treated like a virus, and we are the cure. We own the internet now,” hackers Anonymous warn in the ‘Operation Isis’ video.
Last month, Anonymous declared war on terrorists and promised to close down Jihadi websites following the attack on the massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
In the most recent video, which is in English and just over two minutes in length, the hackers say “operation ISIS” is ongoing.
“We are Muslims, Christians, Jews, we are hackers, crackers, Hacktivist, phishers, agents, spies, or just the guy from next door,” says the unidentified voice in the video.
According to The Hacker News website, Anonymous has posted a list of more than 100 Facebook and Twitter accounts, which it claims belong to Islamic State militants.
The website also says that more than 1,500 Twitter accounts believed to be associated ISIS have been suspended. However, ISIS is combatting this by issuing its supports with a guide on how to use Twitter and other social media sites without being detected.
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