The hacktivist collective Anonymous began #OpISIS in earnest after January’s attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo — and has now vowed to step up operations to hunt down all of those involved in Friday’s attacks on Paris.
Anonymous today issued a French-language statement vowing that ISIS can “expect us” and stressing that they can use their hacking skills to “unite humanity” in the fight against the terrorists.
“These attacks cannot remain unpunished. Anonymous from all over the world will hunt you down,” the hackers vowed. “You should know that we will find you and we will not let you go.”
“We will launch the biggest operation ever against you. Expect massive cyber attacks. War is declared. Get prepared. The French people are stronger than you and will come out of this atrocity even stronger.”
Anonymous didn’t just have a declaration of war for ISIS, but noted that they’re simply better hackers than the Islamic State’s cyberwarfare division.
Since launching #OpISIS in January, Anonymous has taken down 149 websites affiliated with the Islamic State and targeted 101, Twitter users and 5,900 propaganda videos.
But just hours before the attack on Paris began, Anonymous was booted off Facebook for running a page that exposed ISIS social media accounts. Facebook said it was a violation of their terms of service, according to Anonymous, and has refused comment to media outlets about the ban.
After the terrorists attacked, Facebook restored the #OpISIS “Report ISIS Accounts” page without comment.
“Was this unethical action taken against the hactivists because Anonymous was doing the job that American and European law enforcement was either unable or unwilling to do? Was the move to restore the page prompted by intelligence’s failure to stop ISIS’ terror attack in France?” asked an Anonymous post on the incident.
Intelligence reaped by hacktivists reportedly helped foil a Fourth of July plot in New York as well as a planned attack in Tunisia.
The Ghost Security Group, an offshoot of Anonymous, revealed in the wake of the Paris attacks that the ISIS jihadis were using Bitcoin funding for their operations.
GSG claimed it “did detect several indicators of an attack impending and are currently in the process of collecting valuable evidence for United States government officials.”
The group said it managed to find several Bitcoin sites utilized by terrorists “and successfully shut them down in order to limit the funding extremists receive through the use of cryptocurrencies.”
— GhostSecPI (@GhostSecPI) November 16, 2015