Operation ISIS / #OpISIS

Operation ISIS / #OpISIS

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Operation ISIS (also known as #OpISIS and #OpIceISIS) is an ongoing Anonymous-led hacktivist campaign aimed at infiltrating various social media accounts and websites affiliated with the Islamist terrorist organization ISIS.


The hacktivist campaign against the ISIS' social media propaganda was first announced under the name Operation NO2ISIS on June 21st, 2014, shortly after one of the collective's Twitter accounts @TheAnonMessage got hacked by ISIS supporters and vandalized with graphic images of violence. The operation initially sought to bring down the government websites of at least three countries that have been suspected of funding or supporting the terrorist group, but the scope of the mission broadened as the ISIS' sphere of influence continued to grow in the Middle East, as well as their social media presence.

In early January 2015, the Anonymous war against ISIS took a momentous turn with the launch of #OpCharlieHebdo in the wake of the armed terrorist attacks against the French satirical news magazine's headquarters in Paris, which resulted in the deaths of a dozen of writers, cartoonists and police officers.

Notable Developments

On February 8th, 2015, Anonymous uploaded a YouTube video announcing a new wave of cyberattacks that would involve hacking into websites, email, Facebook and Twitter accounts that are known to be owned and used by ISIS members to recruit new terrorists. The video points out that Anonymous is an extremely wide group, whose members come from a variety of social, religious and racial backgrounds, and that they will hunt down ISIS, considered, a la Sylvester Stallone's "Cobra", as a "virus" against which Anonymous is the "cure"[2]:

Greetings citizens of the world, we are Anonymous,
Operation ISIS Continues:
First we need to clarify few a things.
We Are: Muslims, Christians, Jews…
We Are hackers, crackers, Hacktivist, phishers, agents, spies, or just the guy from next door.
We Are students, administrators, workers, clerks, unemployed, rich, poor, We are young, or old, gay or straight.
We wear smart clothes or rugs, we are hedonists, ascetics, joy riders or activists.
We come from all races, countries, religions, and ethnicity.
We Are Anonymous.
-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.

Within the first 24 hours of the announcement, Anonymous claimed to have successfully disabled more that 80 ISIS-affiliated accounts on Twitter and warned its followers to "keep a close eye" on certain Facebook accounts that are considered to have ties to ISIS[2]. By the third day into the operation, Anonymous hackers had managed to take down more than 1,000 websites, 800 Twitter accounts, a dozen of Facebook pages and 50 email accounts suspected of being run by ISIS members or supporters, according to a list published by the group via Pastebin. The outcome of the Anonymous attack quickly spread across major news outlets, as well as in the tech and cybersecurity blogosphere.

https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id=393440 365 154. https://twitter.com/mhiisni 155. https://twitter.com/EYADQUNAIBI 156. https://twitter.com/s_2017_ 342 K TARGET N° 1 !! https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id-532780952 156 K followers https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id-241640145 116 K followers 157 https://twitter.com/zahran1976 https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id-878434853 111 K followers 158. https://twitter.com/ZaidZamanHamid 159. https://twitter.com/Al forqaan 160. https://twitter.com/IslamArmy81 161. https://twitter.com/dralgzouli 162. https://twitter.com/alheetari 163. https://twitter.com/Q8HACK 164. https://twitter.com/taweel_ruaa 165. https://twitter.com/salah_news3 166. https://twitter.com/anjemchoudary 167. https://twitter.com/Nsaaeet 168. https://twitter.com/Latest111 169. https://twitter.com/awsfasfasisis 170.! https://twitter.com/mot1aqghazai 171. https://twitter.com/mri45555 172. https://twitter.com/Abu_Baraa1 173. https://twitter.com/MohammadHlabi8e 174. https://twitter.com/aman12888 175. https://twitter.com/mamoonhatem 176. https://twitter.com/thabet207 https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id-126966274 104 K followers https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id=399730349 88.1 K FOLLOWERS https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id=787052698 https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id-571854743 https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id-1188821141 73700 followers >>> 50,9 K Followers !!! 47.980 followers (prédicateur) https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id-1249284851 37.000 followers https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id-2534584588 https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id-2901968090 30.800 folowers 26.100 followers https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id-263428685 26.000 followers << !! https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id-525504379 25680 followers 24.4 K followersI https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id-2813747288 https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id-2887448143 23.3k folloers https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id=425726100 (22500 followers) https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id-2684467195 20.500 followers https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id-513116847 https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id-2427673497 20,800 follower 17,9 K followers https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id-2835577820 17.600 followers 15,300 followers https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id-2911174142 https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id-619362388 15 K followers also has another account (only 1943 followers) 14.400 followers 177. https://twitter.com/thabet289 178. https://twitter.com/soor18957 179. https://twitter.com/fallujaty2 180. https://twitter.com/ah_bawade https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id=1510978010 https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id-2841241388 https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id-2834912653 12.8 K followers! https://twitter.com/intent/user?user_id-2836021826 12.8 K FOLLOWERS

On March 10th, 2015, Anonymous shut down an ISIS website called Kelafabook, or 5elafabook, also colloquially named "The ISIS' Facebook", an ISIS backed social network used by ISIS supporters to share informations on the organization among them, and launched only a few days prior (March 8th, 2015). Shortly afterwards, ISIS reportedly put an image on Kelafabook's homepage with a long text in English claiming that the site has been temporarily shut down and that ISIS will carry on their objective no matter the cost.[12]


On November 14th, 2015, Anonymous uploaded a video message[15] declaring a war against ISIS in response to the latter's attacks in Paris from the previous week that left more than 129 people dead and several hundreds more injured. In the video, a French-speaking representative of the hacktivist group addressed the members of Islamic State its intention to "hunt them down" by launching another massive cyber attacks against its websites and social media accounts (shown below in French and English).

“You should know that we will find you and we will not let you go."
“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.”

Under the banner #OpParis, the latest wave of Anonymous' efforts against the Islamic State was also jointly announced by @GroupAnon[14], one of the main social media outlets of the group, as well as the newly-created ad-hoc Twitter account @OpParis.[13] In the following days, thousands of pro-ISIS Twitter accounts were allegedly taken down by Anonymous hackers.

Anonymous イ*b @GroupAnon Make no mistake: #Anonymous is at war with #Daesh. We won't stop opposing #IslamicState. We're also better hackers. #OpISIS RETWEETSLKES 12,429 13,679ELE 10:14 AM-15 Nov 2015

On November 16th, members of the ISIS issued a response[17] to the hacktivist group's warning of cyber attacks via its channel "Elite Section of IS" on the messaging app Telegram, the same platform that the former group used to claim responsibility for the terror attacks in Paris (shown below).

"O' brothers of tawheed This message have reach to All Ansar for the importance. The Anonymous hackers threatened in a new video release that they will carry out a major hack operation on the Islamic state (idiots) what they gonna hack all what they can do is hacking Alansar twitter accounts, emails .etc. [sic]"

As of November 17th, @OpParis[18] claims that over 5,500 accounts associated with the Islamic State had been taken down as a result of the campaign.

#OpParis @opparisofficial We report that more than 5500 Twitter account of #ISIS are now #down! #OpParis #Anonymous #ExpectUs RETWEETS LIKES 1,671 1,689 lta.DON■閻麃1시cM 1:46 AM-17 Nov 2015

Troll ISIS Day

On December 3rd, 2015, a text file was posted to Ghostbin[19] announcing that Operation ISIS was planning a "Troll ISIS Day," during which participants would go to various social networks to breach ISIS accounts and share mocking photos of the group using the hashtags #Daesh and #Daeshbags, both of which are derogatory labels for the terrorist organization.

"[…] on December 11th we will show them that we are not afraid,we will not just hide
in our fear, we are the majority and with our strength in numbers we can make a real difference. We will mock them for the idiots they are. We will show them what they really are they do not stand for a religion, they do not stand for a god, they are brainwashers teaching from the young to the old their propaganda against the 'west' when in reality they are just increasing the distance between countries by giving many a bad name."

In the following days, the news sites IBI Times[20] and Express[21] reported that a series of coordinated demonstrations against ISIS would be held on December 11th in major cities around the world, including Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Mexico City, Vancouver, Paris, Madrid and Cannes, among many others. On December 11th, several tens of thousands of participants on Twitter began sharing a variety of photoshopped parodies ridiculing ISIS using the predesignated hashtags (#Daesh and #Daeshbags), as well as hijacking an additional list of Arabic keywords, phrases and hashtags thought to be closely affiliated with ISIS propaganda.

Callirius Alasdair @CaCallasdair #Daeshbags Notice me (Allah)Senpai (*~/ #TrollingDay ISIS 48 RETWEETS LIKES 583 4:07 AM-11 Dec 2015 Loki Aerona LokiAerona2 Very very dangerous men.. #Daeshbags #OpISIS #ISISTrollingDay #TrollingDay PffF cest toujours parei moi Ji rie! RETWEETSLIKES 6:11 AM-11 Dec 2015 Anonymous @AnonDevastation The squad #TrollingDay #Daeshbags LIKES 11:51 AM-11 Dec 2015
Anonymous @AnonyOpNews Reports of #Daeshbags targeting Anons due to ISIS memes. Make them more mad by joining us on Dec 11 #TrollingDay RETWEETS LIKES 597 7:22 AM-8 Dec 2015 Sponge @darling_kun #AllahuQuackbar #Daeshbags We milk the goats, even IF they are male. LIKES 93 70 6:48 AM-11 Dec 2015 Mason @masonlaubaugh #Daeshbags #ISISTrollingDay who evers idea was to make them all ducks is pure genius LIVE ISIS QUACK-SOUADS LIKE DUCKS IN AROw CN RETWEETS LIKES 233 160 6:09 AM-11 Dec 2015

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External References

[1] The Hacker News– Hacktivist Group Anonymous (#OpISIS) Takes Down Islamic State (ISIS) Social Media Accounts

[2] MintPress News– Anonymous ‘Hacktivists’ Just Smacked The Taste Out Of ISIS’s Mouth

[3] Mirror Online– Anonymous 'hacktivists' attack ISIS – strike down terrorist propaganda and recruitment sites

[4] Inquisitr– Anonymous ‘Hacktivists’ Strike At ISIS, Dozens Of Militant Recruiting Sites Knocked Offline

[5] Pastebin – #OpISIS- Expose & Destroy By Anonymous RedCult

[6] Forbes – Anonymous Hacktivists Prepare For Strike Against ISIS 'Supporters'

[7] The Guardian – Anonymous target terrorist Twitter accounts after Charlie Hebdo attack

[8] Twitter – @OpIceISIS

[9] CNN – Hundreds of ISIS social media accounts shut down

[10] Wired – Anonymous strikes again at ISIS social media

[11] ComputerWorld – ISIS is a virus that Anonymous plans to cure: Hacktivists hammer ISIS with #OpISIS

[12] Vocativ- The ISIS Clone Of Facebook Has Already Been Shut Down

[13] Twitter – @OpParis' Account

[14] Twitter – @GroupAnon's Tweet

[15] YouTube – Message des Anonymous suite aux attentats de Paris le 13 novembre 2015

[16] Russia Today – Anonymous takes down 5,500 ISIS Twitter accounts

[17] International Business Times – Isis mocks Anonymous 'idiots' in response to hack war threats

[18] Twitter – @OpParis' Tweet

[19] Ghostbin – Troll ISIS Day

[20] IBI Times – Anonymous Plans To Troll ISIS

[21] Express – Hackers Anonymous will TROLL Islamic State

[22] Ghostbin – ISIS Keywords List

[23] The Daily Dot – How Anonymous is trolling ISIS in the most NSFW ways possible

[24] CBS – "How effective is Anonymous' "Troll ISIS Day"?":http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-effective-is-anonymous-troll-isis-day/

[25] NBC – Anonymous Hacktivists Mock ISIS Online With 'Trolling Day'

[26] PC Magazine – Troll ISIS Day: How to Do it Right

[27] Twitter – Hashtag Results for #Daeshbags

[28] Twitter – Hashtag Results for #TrollISIS

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