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One day after declaring war on ISIS, Anonymous kills over 3,800 of their Twitter accounts

The potential for how this data could be utilized is expansive, the most notable being its value to law enforcement agencies and other hackers.

Just one day after declaring war on the Islamic State, hacktivist group Anonymous has taken down over 3,800 Twitter accounts associated with the militant group.

For their #OpParis operation, Anon created a new Twitter account and set up opiceisis.strangled.net – a website open to the public which allows anyone who comes across ISIS social media accounts to search the database and report any extremists.

According to SoftPedia, the website will “index ISIS members based on their real name, location, picture, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube accounts.”

Before the Paris attacks, Anonymous has waged war on ISIS members after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, earlier this year, during operation #OpISIS. That time, the group managed to take down tens of thousands of accounts.

With over 3,800 just on the first day, the group seems more determined this time around to finally put an end to the terrorist group.

Just before the Paris attacks, the Ghost Security Group, another secret hacking posse revealed that they’ve traced Bitcoin wallets holding more than $3 million / €2.8 million back to known ISIS members.

https://twitter.com/opparisofficial/status/666482531588411392

The potential for how this data could be utilized is expansive, the most notable being its value to law enforcement agencies and other hackers.

 

[Update, 11/17/15]:

Anonymous is now declaring that over 5,000 ISIS-related Twitter accounts have been taken down. The hacktivists are calling #OpParis their “biggest operation” yet, adding that more “massive cyber attacks” are still on the way. “War is declared. Get prepared,” said another Anonymous tweet.

Apparently, the Islamic State is taking the Anon campaign seriously, and even posted a tutorial on how not to get hacked:

According to Foreign Policy Magazine, in the last nine months, hacktivists claimed to have dismantled 149 Islamic State-linked websites and flagged roughly 101,000 Twitter accounts and 5,900 propaganda videos.

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  1. Kathy Gray

    November 17, 2015 at 8:02 am

    I love Anonymous!!!! My heroes! Freedom Fighters of the 21st Century!!!!
    Anonymous YOU ROCK!!!!

  2. Scott

    November 17, 2015 at 10:50 am

    So what exactly is anonymous

  3. JT (@SFChelseaFC)

    November 17, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Twitter is easy. Hit their dark web activities, their websites that distribute bomb making, apps that evade detection.

  4. Camie CamCam (@imaminxkitty)

    November 17, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    PROTECT THEM

  5. Corrina Northcott

    November 17, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Anon keep it up. Don’t back down. We need you.

  6. jrh

    November 17, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Go after these human slime…

  7. Simon MacEwan

    November 17, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    “With over 3,800 just on the first day, the group seems more determined this time around to finally put an end to the terrorist group.”
    That’s great, but you know they will still exist even if they are no longer on twitter.

  8. Stephen Abbott

    November 17, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Twitter has been removing tens of thousands of ISIS-related accounts for months now.

  9. Jaynie

    November 17, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I’ve been saying for months, “we need a Bat signal”

  10. Incorrect

    November 17, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Do not refer to these people as Islamic state. They are a bunch of murderers with claims over a diminishing amount of land, and no air cover. They are not a state, and people who know this stuff say they are not Islamic either. The most popular name amongst local people and countries is daesh, I also don’t have a problem with isil. Calling them Islamic state isn’t just stupid, it’s incorrect.

  11. kent b

    November 17, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Glad to see them on the case but realistically they cannot hurt them much. After their Charlie Hebdo hacks ISIS came back strong as ever. I hear their main communications are on the dark web, not social media. Anonymous hacked the KKK, Westboro Baptists, MasterCard, Visa, Israel. No one is ever shut down for long & in the end it’s just a big nuisance for them but no real damage done. I say good for them & keep hacking ISIS but do not expect any real long term damage.

  12. gladys ramirez

    November 17, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Go on, you are our only hope! <3

  13. Victoria

    November 17, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    A group that’s actually about action and not all talk!! Awesome! Keep hope alive guys!

  14. Suebeedoo

    November 17, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Now hack those bitcoin wallets and give the money to the victims families!!!

  15. Bryan Consulta

    November 17, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    I hope you do the same here in the Philippines since election is coming ,We hope that we could have a clean and honest election..

  16. Tim Barnes

    November 17, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Not sure this is even the main Anon guys cause they DDos and hack, not dismantle twitter accounts. But, whatever works to kill isis.

  17. chefbobbe

    November 17, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Yes, yes, yes!!!

  18. Helynne Barwick

    November 17, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Anonymous, your group is highly appreciated. Thank you for your worldly help.

  19. Shirley Bains

    November 17, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Good for you, Anonymous! Fight fire with fire. You bright boys and girls of the Hacker world are doing a great job.

  20. Jake Desbien

    November 18, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Awesome… keep up the great work #anonymousrocks

  21. Ginger

    November 18, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Y’all rocks!!!!!

  22. Sepitetippytebedah

    November 18, 2015 at 11:56 am

    If anonymous could do this why couldn’t twitter, and why wasn’t it done sooner? It’s not like people in Paris were the first to die.

  23. robin price

    November 18, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Me Too… & thank god 4 them> real world Heroes…

  24. Davi

    November 19, 2015 at 10:33 am

    The datebase website which is linked at the top has been detected as a “threat” by my computers virus protection software. I can’t access it. Too bad :/ So be careful anyone else who clicks the link.

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  26. Vicky

    November 22, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    I have to say..keep up the great work and at first I would said.. dont talk about what your going to do just do it..but then again..if they are goaded to post, that means easier tracking for you hackers i would suspect…hmmmm do what works and keep up the good work! I do say, please share what info you find out with law enforcement and if necessary with the world so we know who they are..

  27. Rupesh

    November 27, 2015 at 6:47 am

    From india with load of loves and thanks to #Anonymous…may u succeed in dismantling world’s biggest threat #ISIS…

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