Paris Attacks: Anonymous Hackers Declare War on ISIS

Hacker group Anonymous have declared war against ISIS following the attacks in Paris last week that killed 132 people, a self-described member said in a video.

A man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask associated with Annonymous makes a statement via a video released on November 16, 2015. The popular hackers collective announced that it’s getting prepared to unleash waves of cyberattacks on Islamic State following the attacks in Paris last week that claimed lives of 129 people.

“These attacks cannot remain unpunished,” the man said, speaking in French.

“Expect massive cyber attacks. War is declared. Get prepared,” says the masked man in French. “Anonymous from all over the world will hunt you down. You should know that we will find you and we will not let you go. We will launch the biggest operation ever against you. ”

“We are going to launch the biggest operation ever against you. Expect many cyberattacks. War has been declared. Get ready,” the man said, without giving details of what the attacks would involve. “We don’t forgive and we don’t forget.”

The video posted to YouTube had attracted more than 2.8 million views by 21:30 GMT, on Monday.

According to #OpParis, more than 3,000 ISIS-related Twitter accounts have been already hacked. Which is more, the group has also discovered and destroyed secret donation pages on the dark web for the terrorist group.

Meanwhile, another network of hackers, Ghost Security Group, announced that ISIL used bitcoin to finance their operations in France. One of the group members confirmed their team managed to track several bitcoin addresses related to the terrorist organization.

Formerly known as Ghost Security, the group is fighting against extremism with the use of internet and social media platforms. It is now involved in a digital war against ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) and already started collecting huge amount of data to identify the terrorists responsible for attacks in France.

“The Islamic State does use cryptocurrencies as a form of income to fund their ongoing operations and we have managed to uncover several Bitcoin addresses used by them. One of the accounts we analyzed was found to contain 3 million U.S. dollars worth of Bitcoins,” a guy from Ghost Security Group said in an interview.

The guy told Newsbtc that bitcoin is the main form of virtual currency used by ISIL, adding the militant group receives cryptocurrency on a regular basis. Ghost Security Group  managed to hack and close funding websites that were used by ISIL to collect the digital currency.

He also confirmed they noticed some indicators of the attack and are now gathering evidence for government officials in the United States, adding that currently he can’t give more details on the investigation.

This isn’t the first time the hacktivists attacked the terrorist group. After the Charlie Hebdo attacks, they promised, “We will track you down — every last one — and will destroy you. You allowed yourselves to kill innocent people, we will therefore avenge their deaths.”

“Islamic State” also known as “IS”, operates in parts of Syria and Iraq following their mission to establish a caliphate, but has recently orchestrated more attacks abroad, the latest being Friday’s attack on various bars, restaurants and a concert hall venue in Paris.

A manhunt has begun in Europe to find those that helped the attackers, most of whom wore suicide belts. A few days ago Paris launched severe air strikes against IS positions in Syria.

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