Anonymous Declares War on ISIS, Takes Down 5,500 Twitter Accounts
After the Islamic State took responsibility for the attacks across Paris Friday night, hacktivist group Anonymous released videos to YouTube declaring war. Speaking in french, an anonymous member wearing their signature mask warned the Islamic State saying, “We will launch our biggest operation ever against you. Wait for many cyber attacks. War has been declared. Prepare yourselves and know the French people are stronger."
Anonymous released a video threatening ISIS back in January after the attacks on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. And now today, the hacktivist group has reported that they have taken down more than 5,500 of the Islamic State's Twitter accounts. A spokesman for Anonymous Alex Poucher told RT reporters the following.
"Our capability to take down ISIS is a direct result of our collective's sophisticated hackers, data miners, and spies that we have all around the world. We have people very, very close to ISIS on the ground, which makes gathering intel about ISIS and related activities very easy for us... They picked a fight with Anonymous when they attacked Paris, and now they should expect us."
The mass shootings and bombings targeted seven different locations around Paris, claiming the lives of 129 people and injuring 433. The deadliest attack was at the Bataclan theater where 89 were killed at an Eagles of Death Metal concert. As U2 frontman Bono told Rolling Stone, "If you think about it, the majority of victims last night are music fans. This is the first direct hit on music that we've had in this so-called War on Terror or whatever it's called."