Global hacker collective, Anonymous has vowed to inflict a ‘major cyber attack’ on ISIS following the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday 13th that have so far claimed 129 lives.
A video posted to YouTube in French sees Anonymous warming the Islamic State that: “We will launch the biggest operation ever against you.”
Anonymous also tweeted a statement reading: “Make no mistake: #Anonymous is at war with #Daesh. We won’t stop opposing #Islamic State. We’re also better hackers. #OpIsis”.
Daesh is the term that most Arab states and some European governments use to refer to Isis as it is an Arabic acronym of the same words that make up I.S.I.S (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) in English.
The word can also reportedly be translated as a derogatory term and its use is strongly opposed by ISIS.
The collective has revealed that ‘#OpParis’ will be an ‘intelligence gathering and takedown operation comprised of 2 main phases’.
While phase 1 of the attack involves information gathering, phase 2 focuses on publishing the information and attempting to take down as many ISIS accounts as possible.
In an online statement, Anonymous said:
“The purpose of this Op is to identify and report supporters of the atrocious November 13th 2015 Paris attacks in an effort to assist finding those responsible, demonstrating that we do not tolerate such atrocities and gather information that could help prevent further attacks in the future”.
This is not the first time that the group has targeted ISIS. Confirming this in a tweet, Anonymous said:
“Just to be clear: #Anonymous hasn’t just declared war on #IslamicState, we’ve been at war for quite some time already”.
“We are upping our game, you will now be hit by major cyber attacks,” the hackers told ISIS in the new warning.
A number of coordinated attacks carried out by seven terrorists in Paris on 13 November have so far claimed 129 lives, leaving 352 wounded, many of whom are critically injured.
Anonymous also urged people not to overlook the victims of similar attacks in Beirut and Kenya.
The hacker group recently published a list of alleged Ku Klux Klan members.