Anonymous Has Placed ISIS In Its Crosshairs As Retribution for Paris Tragedy (Video)
The world’s most infamous group of hackers, Anonymous, is once again using its skill set to bring down ISIS (Islamic State or Iraq & Syria), the group purported to be involved in the horrendous attacks in Paris on November 13. Anonymous, colloquially known as “hacktivists,” have a pedigree that reads like the screenplay to a film set about Robin Hood in the dystopian future: through hacking, social media activism, rallies, and various other strategies, the collective has become the poster boy for digital superheroes. That description, of course, is subjective. To those who’ve found themselves as the victims of Anonymous’ initiatives, the group may work more like the terrorists they claim to oppose, invading the privacy of individuals and disclosing classified information not meant for public consumption. Either way, Anonymous is ballsy and now the group is continuing its legacy of using its powers for (what they argue is) good, taking aim at ISIS in a highly organized plot to destroy the violent organization.
Since claiming responsibility for the attacks on Paris, ISIS has found itself as the target of literal and digital warfare; geo-politically, Syria has become the headquarters for redemptive airstrikes but more esoterically, it is also the site of “total war” with Anonymous. According to the Independent, Anonymous’ recently launched #OpISIS is well underway, and “the group is attempting to take down the websites and social media accounts of people associated with the group — as well as apparently release personal details of those involved in recruitment.” Labeled as “its biggest operation ever,” the latest campaign is in fact the continuation of one launched in January immediately following the Parisian attacks on the offices of the political magazine Charlie Hebdo. In the video statement it released, Anonymous threatens “activists from all around the world will hunt you down. Yes you, the vermin who kill innocent victims.” Those found to be involved can expect “many cyber attacks,” which may include the release of names and locations of ISIS members. Watch the group’s full statement below.
Are cyber attacks enough to deter future attacks by ISIS?