Anonymous steps up war with ISIS, posts suspected members’ details online
Hacking collective Anonymous has released personal information relating to alleged members of ISIS as part of their ‘war’ against the terrorist group.
It follows a Youtube video in which the group, once again, declared war on ISIS in the wake of the attacks in Paris, which saw 129 people killed and 415 injured last weekend.
Activists have stepped up their efforts to compile lists of Twitter accounts and websites of extremists in order to have them taken offline.
The group has also reportedly published the addresses of people they claim are involved in recruiting for ISIS in Europe.
None of the details published have yet been confirmed as accurate.
In the latest declaration of war video, posted to Youtube on Monday, a masked figure warns ISIS members to ‘expect a total mobilisation on our part.’
This is the second war on extremists that Anonymous has announced this year.
Following the Charlie Hebdo massacre in January, the group declared a ‘massive frontal reaction’ was on the way, promising to ‘avenge’ those that were killed by ‘tracking [ISIS] everywhere on the planet’.
Aside from compiling lists of social media accounts and publishing information, the collective is known for carrying out distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks on extremist websites.
The method involves overloading a site’s servers with a large number of requests until they go offline.
Twitter’s terms of service state that any posting containing violence and threats, among other things, can be taken down, and reporting extremist accounts, once they have been identified, is a fairly easy task.
But Anonymous has wrongly identified ISIS members in the past, helping to remove accounts associated with other terrorist groups, and helping ISIS consolidate its recruiting power.