Anonymous set to take on ISIS in all out Cyberwar


Following the horrendous attack on Paris in which 129 people were killed and many more injured, Anonymous, the infamous group of hacktivists, has declared all out cyberwar against ISIS. On Monday, Anonymous released a video announcing that the group would “launch the biggest operation ever” against Islamic State.

According to a recent Tweet, Anonymous has already taken down 5500 Twitter accounts purportedly belonging to Islamic State members with more to come; including Facebook and Tumblr accounts as well as ISIS affiliated websites and dark web pages. Anonymous is anticipating that these attacks on ISIS controlled social media accounts and pages will effectively disrupt recruitment as well as fund raising and has already leaked details of at least five men it claims are recruiters for the terror group.

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For me, all this rams home the sheer power of social media as well as bringing its potential for a dark side to the fore, something which I admit, perhaps rather naively, I hadn’t previously considered. Frankly, I couldn’t think of anything more anti-social.

Just like the terrorists it’s cyber attacking, Anonymous is not bound to play by the rules so, hopefully, they may have a chance of succeeding where all else is plainly failing.

Can Anonymous make a difference, what do you think?

 

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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele… as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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