Anonymous has declared “war” on Isis, in response to the attacks in Paris that left over a hundred people dead.
Members of the online collective have posted a video threatening “cyber attacks” against Isis, which are thought to have directed the attacks. It continues the group’s work against the group, which began following the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January.
In a video posted soon after the attacks, a person claiming to represent the group warns members of Islamic State that it intends to hunt them down. It said that it would “unite humanity” in the operation, which it claimed would use hacking to weaken the group.
“Anonymous from all over the world will hunt you down,” said the voice in the video, which included footage of the group’s famous Guy Fawkes mask and was in French. “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.”
The video has been watched almost a million times, and thousands of people have shared tweets about Anonymous’s call to action. Across Twitter, users said that they would shut down social media accounts and websites, as well as claiming to help disrupt communications.
Anonymous has made repeated calls to action against Isis since the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January. Very shortly after the attacks, it started taking down extremist websites and has been running campaigns on social media ever since.
The group has been particularly active on Twitter, where it has worked to identify Isis social media accounts — often used to distribute propaganda and share news releases — and then report them to the company so that they can be taken down.
Anonymous has begun leaking the personal information of suspected extremists, after it “declared war” on Isis in the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris.
The activist collective is assembling lists of the Twitter accounts and websites of extremists, in an attempt to have them taken down. At least one post seen by The Independent contains details including the physical address of a person it claims is an Isis recruiter in Europe.
Activists claim to have successfully had accounts and sites taken down already. Accounts associated with the group claimed that it was responsible for the removal of more than 5,500 accounts.
The group appears to have stepped up its tactics for what it called its “biggest operation” ever, in response to the attacks that left 129 dead. Previously it had largely focused on social media accounts.
None of the details that have been shared could be independently confirmed, and Anonymous activists have wrongly identified alleged extremists in the past. But if true the details shared include the physical addresses and names of those the activists claim are involve in recruitment.
Anonymous began its campaign against Isis in earnest after the killings at Charlie Hebdo in January. That work included launching attacks on extremist websites and finding extremist accounts on Twitter so that the social network could take them down.
It has continued that work this time around. Its attacks on websites seem to use a distributed denial of service, a technique that overloads a site’s servers until they go offline. The Twitter accounts are taken down by the network itself, in response to requests the activists make once they are found.