The hacktivist group Anonymous says they have just thwarted a major ISIS-linked terrorist attack planned in Italy.
Under the account “Operation ISIS,” Anonymous claimed that they not only stopped this attack, but are working to stop others.
Anon declared war on ISIS following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris which killed 130 people, and soon released a video that outlined their intentions to “launch the biggest operation ever against” the militant group.
#OpISIS mostly focused on uncovering and shutting down social media accounts and websites belonging to and used by people who are thought to sympathize with or actively take part in supporting the Islamic militants. While some think that this work is helpful in stopping the spread of pro-ISIS propaganda, others believe the group has leaked incorrect information and disruptive authorities’ efforts on several occasions.
According to Anonymous, they have done more than stop pro-ISIS sentiments from spreading by proactively stopping an attack.
Anonymous posted a series of tweets threatening ISIS, which have since been deleted on Christmas Day.
“In this month we are working in silence. We have already foiled one attack, Isis against Italy, we hope to block others.”
“We’re digging your graves. We have found you, we are in your accounts and phones, the nightmare is about to begin.”
After deleting the tweets, the group then posted the claim to have stopped an attack, and the promise that they are remaining vigilant in their work.
Many other internet activists have openly criticized Anonymous’s approach, saying their tactics have made no actual real-world difference in the fight against ISIS.
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