An international group of hackers the world has come to know as “Anonymous” have waged an impressive cyber war against the Internet-savvy Islamic State group — and they’re making noticeable progress.
The radical Islamic terror group has successfully used social media to bolster its recruitment, attracting radical fighters from a number of Middle Eastern countries. For a terrorist organization, their Internet following is massive.
Anonymous, the decentralized group who title themselves “hacktivists,” has been busy taking down a growing number of Islamic State-controlled Internet properties such as online forums, social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, and email accounts and other means of electronic communication.
After Islamic State terrorists attacked and killed a number of staffers at French satirical newspaper “Charlie Hebdo” in a blatant attack on free speech, Anonymous declared war on the Islamic State and so far, has kept good on its promise.
In the newly released video, Anonymous explained that it will not stand for attacks on basic liberties like free speech and proclaimed, “ISIS, we will hunt you, take down your sites, accounts, emails and expose you.”
“You will be treated like a virus, and we are the cure. We own the Internet,” Anonymous also promised in the video (H/T TPNN).
Anonymous uses cyber warfare tools such as DDoS attacks, which flood the target computer or website with so much data that it literally freezes or shuts down, rendering it inoperable.
The group also has a wide variety of sophisticated tools it deploys such as password crackers and “phishing” programs that use a form of social engineering to obtain sensitive log-ins and passwords from known Islamic State websites.
Anonymous has also published thousands of known Islamic State group’s Twitter and Facebook accounts to give other hackers around the world a chance to have a go at them, using crowd sourcing as a strategy in the ongoing cyber battle.
The Islamic State terrorists need to be stopped, both on the ground and in the cyber realm. While the West hasn’t figured out how to tackle the ground issue, it looks like with Anonymous’ renewed vow to fight the bad guys online, the cyber battle is tilting toward the good guys.
—Courtesy of The Conservative Tribune