In the wake of the massacre at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida, an Anonymous-linked “hacktivist” hacked into ISIS Twitter accounts and replaced jihadist content with pro-gay messages and links to gay adult websites.
The hacker, going by the name WauchulaGhost, first began infiltrating pro-Islamic State social media accounts months ago, according to Newsweek.
“I did it for the lives lost in Orlando,” the hacker said. “[ISIS has] been spreading and praising the attack, so I thought I would defend those that were lost. The taking of innocent lives will not be tolerated.”
WauchulaGhost claims to have taken over 200 Twitter accounts belonging to ISIS supporters and plans to continue the campaign with two other hackers who go by the name Ebony and Yeti.
Since declaring “total war” on ISIS in 2015, Anonymous shut down over 20,000 Twitter accounts. Twitter is also claiming victory over the terrorist caliphate, suspending 125,000 more accounts that promote extremism.
Some of the messages posted on the freshly hacked ISIS account include “I’m gay and proud” and “Out and proud,” also a link to a gay adult website site was listed. No explicit images have been posted in respect to Islam, however.
“One thing I do want to say is we aren’t using graphic porn and our purpose is not to offend Muslims,” WachulaGhost said. “Our actions are directed at Jihadist extremists. Many of our own [group of hackers] are Muslim and we respect all religions that do not take innocent lives.”
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