The online hacktivist Anonymous shut down 8824 Twitter accounts of ISIS members + followers in the first phase of OpParis — In the second phase the hacktivists claim to shut down more 20,000 twitter accounts — 20,000 + 8824 = 28,824.
By enduring the death of more than 120 people in Paris attacks, the ISIS has made almost the whole world its enemy. Where countries like France, Russia and America are carrying out aerial strikes on ISIS bases, the online Hacktivist group Anonymous declared “Total War” against the terrorist group.
The Anonymous are as usual carrying out heavy cyber-attacks against the IS (previously ISIS/ISIL) and have named it as #OpParis. Anonymous carried out several attacks on social media accounts of ISIS members and now claim that they have now taken down 20,000 more ISIS-linked accounts.
This Wednesday, they posted a video on Youtube saying,
“More than 20,000 Twitter accounts belonging to ISIS were taken down by the Anonymous.”
Not only they took down the accounts but they also have released a list of all these accounts. A day before this, they claimed to have taken down 8824 Twitter accounts of ISIS member and sympathizers. The Youtube video posted by Anonymous has a speaker in the Hacktivists very own Fawkes mask who stated,
“Hello, citizens of the world. We are Anonymous. It is time to realize that social media is a solid platform for ISIS’s communication as well as neutering their ideas of terror amongst youth. However, at the same time, social media has proved it is an advanced weapon. We must all work together and use social media to eliminate the accounts used by terrorists.”
He further said, “ISIS, we will hunt you and take down your sites, accounts, emails and expose you. From now on, there is no safe place for you online. You will be treated like a virus, and we are the cure.”
The important thing to take into consideration here is that ISIS is and has been using Twitter, Facebook and many other popular social media websites since day one to spread their false ideology, choose people to help them spreading it all over the social media.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that ISIS has only stabilized because of social media so if Anonymous completely destroy the existence of this terrorist group from the social media, the online existence of this cruel and unkind terrorist group would come at stake.
When, after the Paris Attacks, Anonymous declared war against the ISIS and furiously told them to hold their social media, the ISIS terrorists called the Anonymous “idiots” but on the other hand, the online wing of the terrorist group decided to move to the dark web in order to protect themselves from Anonymous and their cyber attacks.