Islamic state militants have consistently tried to intimidate their opponents online through cyberattacks, posting videos of hostages and beheadings among other things. However, their social media propaganda machinery received a huge blow recently – thanks to Anonymous.
The cyber hacktivist group disabled ISIS websites while declaring an operation against them, promising to expose more of their accounts and sites. Anonymous also left the militants with a message, saying, “We are Muslims, we are Christians, we are Jews, we are hackers. We come from all races, countries, religions and ethnicity.”
“ISIS, we will hunt you, take down your sites, accounts, emails and expose you. You will be treated like a virus, and we are the cure. We own the Internet,” the video threatens.
The hackers also published a list comprising thousands of ISIS related Twitter accounts, websites, email and IP addresses that they have taken down. The list also included the recruitment and propaganda sites.