We have previously reported on the use of crowdfunded journalism to tracks down ISIS sites in Iraq and Syria, and also to find those responsible for American James Foley killers.
The war against terror has now shifted from boots on the ground to fingers on keyboards, as global hacker collective Anonymous moved to digitally strike against IS targets online over the weekend.
The collective targeted Twitter, Facebook and email address of those who they believe to be either directly involved in IS, or sympathisers for the cause.
Dubbed Operation ISIS, the collective has struck targets in the past, but the weekend’s operation seems to have been its biggest and most active to date.
Releasing the details in a Pastebin text document, the group said that it will do whatever it takes to bring IS to heel. It also released a video last week in which it threatens IS with online warfare. A transcript of the voice-over is below:
Greetings citizens of the world, we are Anonymous,
Operation ISIS Continues:
First we need to clarify few a things.
We Are: Muslims, Christians, Jews…
We Are hackers, crackers, Hacktivist, phishers, agents, spies, or just the guy from next door.
We Are students, administrators, workers, clerks, unemployed, rich, poor, We are young, or old, gay or straight.
We wear smart clothes or rugs, we are hedonists, ascetics, joy riders or activists.
We come from all races, countries, religions, and ethnicity.
UNITED AS ONE, DIVIDED BY ZERO…
We Are Anonymous.
-REMEMBER…THE TERRORISTS THAT ARE CALLING THEMSELVES ISLAMIC STATE,(ISIS), ARE NOT MUSLIMS!!!.
-ISIS; We will hunt you, Take down your sites, Accounts, Emails, and expose you…
From now on, no safe place for you online…
You will be treated like a virus, And we are the cure…
We Own The Internet…
We are Anonymous, We are Legion, We do not forgive, We do not forget, Expect us.
The list posted online by Anonymous comprises of 129 ‘Primary Targets’ of which mostly are Twitter accounts, as well as a group of Twitter accounts which have ‘less that 10k followers’.
Targeting 12 Facebook accounts, the group says it’s keeping them under surveillance. “The following Facebook accounts suspected to have been keeping contact with the terrorists (ISIS) in Syria & Iraq … Won’t hurt to Keep an eye on them.”
The full text of targets in the Pastebin file can be accessed here.
[Image – CC by 2.0/Alexandre Dulaunoy]