Hacktivist Anonymous Releases 9,200 ISIS Supporter Twitter Account Names

Anonymous, the biggest and well-known hacker group, has released over 9,000 Twitter account names that allegedly support ISIS as part of their #OpISIS campaign. A member of Anonymous told the IBTimes that the hacker group worked in conjunction with two other teams known as GhostSec and Ctrlsec. The member said: “This is historic amongst the digital world as it’s the first time these groups have come together for something this large, Usually they are very closed off and not willing to work outside of their circles but this has become so large of a problem they’re willing to form an alliance for what is seen as a greater good. The outcome of hundreds of hackers across all three major groups is the largest compiled and verified list ever to be released to the public.”

The group is hoping that by publicly releasing the Twitter account names that Twitter itself will take action and remove the accounts. In a post on Medium, Anonymous emplores the public to join their fight to stop ISIS from spreading its message online. “The more attention it gets the more likely it becomes Twitter takes action in removing these accounts and making a serious impact on the ability of ISIS to spread propaganda and recruit new members. You don’t have to be tech savvy to contribute, simply clicking retweet or like could mean the difference between almost 10 thousand active accounts or 10 thousand suspended ones. Help us fight.” Anonymous originally launched the #OpISIS campaign last year. So far, the group claims it has disrupted thousands of websites that are affiliated with the terrorist organization. At the time of the campaign’s launch Anonymous said that ISIS is “like a virus, and we are the cure.” Many of the accounts listed by Anonymous have already been taken down. Those that remain do appear to have some affiliation or affinity for ISIS, though RYOT can not independently confirm their authenticity. Twitter has in the past suspended and deleted accounts affiliated with the terrorist organization. It also bans any account that posts violent beheading videos or those making direct threats, however according some reports ISIS maintains a substantial social caliphate with an estimated 46,000 active Twitter accounts to help spread their message of hate.

Tags : Hacker Group, Anonymous, Twitter, Isis
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