Information Operations, anyone? Cyber-revenge group Anonymous declares war on IS

I just stumbled on this - surprising and encouraging, or less impressive than the author would have you think?

ISIS, you should be very scared. Anonymous’ official Twitter area for Operation Paris has already reported that “more than 3,824 Twitter accounts pro-ISIS are now down,” a number that has been steadily climbing. That’s on top of tens of thousands of pro-ISIS Twitter accounts that Anonymous took down before the Paris attacks, along with a large number of donation pages for the group — housed on the dark Web — that Anonymous closed, according to a report in The Atlantic.

Anonymous’ key message on Twitter is: “Make no mistake: #Anonymous is at war with #Daesh. We won’t stop opposing #IslamicState. We’re also better hackers.”

Anonymous just might make all the difference in attacking ISIS
 
Sweet.

Allah the almighty creator of the universe has no control over the internet it seems, he's getting outsmarted by a 14 year old nerdy kid in a bedroom.
 

Duke_of_Kaos

War Hero
Less impressive, yes they use social media to recruit but they have enough brain washed want to be recipients of 72 virgins that this is just some idiots in there mothers basements silly waving and trying to portray themselves as the good guys. Great you hit our Twitter and FB accounts you might even be able to make an impact on oil sales but people will just use that age old system of moneyless transactions (hawala) with couriers that we failed to crack in Afghanistan when trying to stop / reduce the trade in opium.

So nice idea but very limited impact.
 
I just stumbled on this - surprising and encouraging, or less impressive than the author would have you think?
Based on last years declaration of war, an inconvenience possibly, an annoyance?
Timeline of events associated with Anonymous - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Main article: Ghost Security
On February 9, Anonymous begun to attack the Islamic State’s social media accounts and Internet-based recruitment drives,[335] apparently destroying “months of recruiting work", and released a statement saying:

ISIS: We will hunt you, Take down your sites, accounts, emails, and expose you.
From now on, no safe place for you online…
You will be treated like a virus, and we are the cure…
We own the internet…
We are Anonymous; we are Legion; we do not forgive, we do not forget, Expect us.

As of February 10, at least 800 ISIS-affiliated Twitter accounts have been brought down by Anonymous. Within three days of the operation, 1,000 ISIS websites were brought down.[citation needed]
 
Considering ISIS seem to use social media a lot to brainwash their potential recruits, this could be an interesting development. (No comments about needing a brain to be brainwashed are necessary).

Maybe Anonymous can do this as well or better than GCHQ etc.?
 
A tedious and grief-whoring example of all that is currently wrong with society.
 
Considering ISIS seem to use social media a lot to brainwash their potential recruits, this could be an interesting development. (No comments about needing a brain to be brainwashed are necessary).

Maybe Anonymous can do this as well or better than GCHQ etc.?
Better. Not bound by legislation, parliamentary oversight etc,etc......
 
Better. Not bound by legislation, parliamentary oversight etc,etc......
Or, like most interwebz vigilantes, much worse because they trash ongoing investigations with their big red clown shoes.
 
Considering ISIS seem to use social media a lot to brainwash their potential recruits, this could be an interesting development. (No comments about needing a brain to be brainwashed are necessary).

Maybe Anonymous can do this as well or better than GCHQ etc.?
I guess it's that possibilty that caught my imagination - tempered by the possibilty that (a) GCHQ et al are already doing it/summink like it, as well as collecting info, or that (b) this is somehow state-sponsored . . .

Difficult to know, but the notion of successfully interdicting IS recruitment processes has to be attractive, doesn't it?
 
Or, like most interwebz vigilantes, much worse because they trash ongoing investigations with their big red clown shoes.
Written with great confidence - I know I'm unqualified to comment; perhaps you could indicate the extent to which you are equipped to make that judgement.
 
Perhaps they could out the multi-million dollar backers that ISIS have in Saudi and Pakistan.
 
Written with great confidence - I know I'm unqualified to comment; perhaps you could indicate the extent to which you are equipped to make that judgement.
It's hardly new news, much like the Anonymous campaign.

"Any paedophile investigations we conduct are done in the strict rigour of the law to ensure we have strong, sound evidence to prosecute."


"The best thing people can do if they have evidence of child abuse or paedophile activity is report it to the police, Crimestoppers or CEOP so we can conduct a thorough investigation and make sure that measures are put in place to ensure the safety of potential victims."

Police warn web vigilantes who identify alleged paedophiles online

Evidence needs to be uncontaminated, you need specialist software to collect evidence that can be submitted to courts. If 'hakerz r us' have been all over a site or someone's twatter account a good brief can argue that the evidence is compromised. No amount of data analysis is going to convince a jury that there's been no tampering by the forces of law and order.
 
How are they actually shutting these down? The numbers are so high that they must just be reporting them to Twitter for TOS violations.
 

anony_mouse

Old-Salt
Written with great confidence - I know I'm unqualified to comment; perhaps you could indicate the extent to which you are equipped to make that judgement.
I'm also unqualified to comment, but come on, if he is qualified, he's hardly likely to say how on here.

Don't get me wrong, there is nothing more tedious than a bunch of half wits on here tapping their nose while they're typing as they claim to be "in the know", but let's not suddenly expect a bunch of people who are qualified to start gobbling off.

All that said, I'd be concerned if some random 14 year olds started to try and lead a vigilante action group in the real world. Doing it in the cyber world doesn't give me a warm fuzzy feeling.
 

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