Paris attack: Anonymous launches ‘biggest operation ever’ against Isis

‘Expect massive cyber attacks. War is declared. Get prepared,’ the group warned in a video, launched as part of its #OpISIS

Andrew Griffin
Monday 16 November 2015 09:55 GMT
Anonymous declares war on Islamic State after Paris attacks

Anonymous has declared “war” on Isis, in response to the attacks in Paris that left over a hundred people dead.

Members of the online collective have posted a video threatening "cyber attacks" against Isis, which are thought to have directed the attacks. It continues the group’s work against the group, which began following the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January.

In a video posted soon after the attacks, a person claiming to represent the group warns members of Islamic State that it intends to hunt them down. It said that it would “unite humanity” in the operation, which it claimed would use hacking to weaken the group.

“Anonymous from all over the world will hunt you down,” said the voice in the video, which included footage of the group’s famous Guy Fawkes mask and was in French. “You should know that we will find you and we will not let you go.

“We will launch the biggest operation ever against you.

“Expect massive cyber attacks. War is declared. Get prepared.

“The French people are stronger than you and will come out of this atrocity even stronger.”

The video has been watched almost a million times, and thousands of people have shared tweets about Anonymous’s call to action. Across Twitter, users said that they would shut down social media accounts and websites, as well as claiming to help disrupt communications.

Anonymous has made repeated calls to action against Isis since the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January. Very shortly after the attacks, it started taking down extremist websites and has been running campaigns on social media ever since.

The group has been particularly active on Twitter, where it has worked to identify Isis social media accounts — often used to distribute propaganda and share news releases — and then report them to the company so that they can be taken down.

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