Payback on ISIS. New guide offers ways to hack Islamic State following terrorist attacks in Paris
The hacker collective Anonymous has released a “noob guide” that shows how people can join its efforts to take down the online presence of Islamic State (ISIS).
Anonymous has promised to “hunt down” Islamic State members and supporters, as part of its Operation Paris (‘OpParis’), following the terrorist attacks in Paris last week.
The noob guide was posted on their Internet Relay Channel (IRC), as well as a ‘Reporter’ guide showing how to set up bot accounts. A ‘Searcher’ guide also provides help to locate ISIS websites.
“Instead of sitting idle in the [chat] channel or lurking around and doing nothing, you can benefit greatly from the different tools and guides that have been provided to you,” a member of the hacker collective reportedly wrote. “Your contribution means a lot and we encourage you to partake in all of the Op’s activities if you can, the more the merrier.”
It has been reported that the guide shows people has to carry out denial of service (DDoS) attacks against ISIS websites.
Apparently, since Anonymous declared war on ISIS, it has already taken down over 5,500 accounts associated with Jihadists.
But a more legal way to take the online fight to ISIS is to simply report extremist Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Anonymous is notorious for taking on organisations or groups that look to spread hateful messages, often successfully highlighting activities to the wider world.
Earlier this month, the group published the details of a thousand alleged KKK sympathisers as part of its #HoodsOff campaign, which it described as “a form of resistance” against racial violence.
That marked the latest part of its campaign against the KKK, as in November 2014 the group launched a major cyberattack which included posting several messages on the KKK’s official Twitter feed, and taking control of another account affiliated with the Klan.
And in January this year Anonymous also claimed responsibility for disabling a France-based website it associated with extremists in the wake of the murder of journalists and artists at the magazine Charlie Hebdo.
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