A group known as Anonymous hacked a number of Facebook and Twitter accounts used by ISIS members for recruitment of new members and spread its influence.
The video posted on the home page of the group, “Anonymous ‘Hacktivists’ Strike a Blow Against ISIS” explains the nature of the attack.
“Remember, the terrorists that are calling themselves the Islamic State [ISIS], they are not Muslims. ISIS we will hunt you, take down your sites, accounts, emails and expose you… You will be treated like a virus… We are Anonymous; we are Legion; we do not forgive, we do not forget, expect us!” said the group in a statement shared in the video.
ISIS, the militant Islamist group is known for its wide social media presence with multiple user accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
Operation ISIS - #OpISIS – includes methods of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, reporting social media accounts, password cracking and phishing.
Anonymous efforts in targeting militant Islamic groups increased following the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris in January of this year.
In spite of the on-going efforts, ISIS online media presence remains and is likely to grow following the recently published social media manual for its members to create accounts which are harder to detect.