In light of the Paris attacks, hacktivist group Anonymous launched a campaign #OpParis, and last night released not one, but three how-to attack ISIS guides.
Shortly after the #ParisAttacks, internationally renowned hacktivist group Anonymous announced they were declaring war on ISIS, launching #OpParis campaign on Sunday. It wasn’t clear exactly what they were planning, but last night the world was given a clue as the group released a How to Hack ISIS guide that will give anyone the knowledge to fight ISIS from home.
This isn’t the first time Anonymous declared war against ISIS, as they previously announced they would be attacking the group following the Charlie Hebdo attack. Looking to take their attack further in light of the recent Paris tragedy, Anonymous has shifted their focus by providing how-to instructional guides aimed at enlisting wannabe hackers to join in their fight.
The three guides, released last night, were tailored to different people wanting to help. The “NoobGuide” attempts to explain to the inexperienced how to hack; the “Reporter” guide explains how to set up bot accounts; and a “Searcher” to find ISIS websites. Outlined are specific instruction on how to attack the ISIS websites through distributed denial of service (DDoS) and the man in the middle (MITM) attacks.
Breaking the story was the IBtimes, who quote a supposed member of Anonymous as writing, “Instead of sitting idle in the [chat] channel or lurking around and doing nothing, you can benefit greatly from the different tools and guides that have been provided to you. Your contribution means a lot and we encourage you to partake in all of the Op's activities if you can, the more the merrier."
The #OpParis campaign is arguably the largest operation launched by the group to date; since launching #OpParis, they have managed to take down over 5,500 twitter accounts believed to belong to Jihadists.
There are millions of people around the world who have expressed their absolute disgust toward both ISIS ideology and mass murder, often posting their opinions on social media. However, way more effective than posting an opinion on social media would be to shut down the platforms they use to recruit and spread their message. If you are tired of talk and want to take action, then following these guides is probably your best bet.