Hacktivist Group 'Anonymous' Declares War on ISIS After Paris Attacks
Hacktivist group Anonymous has declared an all-out war on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) after the deadly Paris attacks last week.
A video surfaced on YouTube showing a man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask who said their group will punish ISIS for the Paris attacks, which left 129 people dead. The self-described Anonymous group member said they are preparing to unleash a series of cyberattacks on the terror group, according to Reuters.
"These attacks cannot remain unpunished. We are going to launch the biggest operation ever against you. Expect many cyberattacks," Reuters quotes the man who spoke in French. "War has been declared. Get ready. We don't forgive and we don't forget."
The masked man also promised that the French people will rise from the tragedy even stronger than before. He also warned that those responsible for the attacks will not be able to escape from members of Anonymous worldwide, Y Net News reports.
Anonymous is a loose affiliation of activist computer hackers from all over the world. The hacktivist group has claimed responsibility for several cyberattacks carried out against governments, companies, and religious groups in the last 12 years, the report details.
On Monday, Anonymous posted a series of statements from its Twitter accounts saying the group had already began its war with ISIS a long time ago. After the Charlie Hebdo and kosher supermarket shootings in Paris early this year, the group had posted a YouTube video saying it had declared war against terrorists including the Al Qaeda and ISIS, the report relays.
In March, Anonymous threatened an "electronic Holocaust" for Israel on April 7, 2015. The group said they are punishing the "Zionists" for how they treated Palestinians, especially during the Gaza war.
The international hacktivist organization set out on a mission to shut down the Twitter profiles of individuals suspected to be ISIS supporters. Anonymous claims it has already caused 25,000 of the 39,000 suspected ISIS profiles to be suspended.