A man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask associated with Annonymous makes a statement via aÂ video released on November 16, 2015. The popularÂ 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.
â€śExpect massive cyber attacks. War is declared. Get prepared,â€ť says the masked man in French. â€śAnonymous 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. â€ť
“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.”
— Anonymous (@GroupAnon) November 15, 2015
The video posted to YouTube had attracted more than 2.8 million views by 21:30 GMT, on Monday.
According to #OpParis, more thanÂ 3,000 ISIS-related Twitter accounts have been already hacked. Which is more, the groupÂ has also discovered and destroyed secret donation pages on the dark web for the terrorist group.
Meanwhile, anotherÂ network of hackers, Ghost Security Group, announcedÂ that ISIL used bitcoin to finance their operations in France. One of the group membersÂ 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. ItÂ 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.
â€śThe 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,â€ť 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 GroupÂ 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 canâ€™t give more details on the investigation.
This isnâ€™t the first time the hacktivists attacked the terrorist group. After the Charlie Hebdo attacks, they promised, â€śWe will track you down â€” every last one â€” and will destroy you. You allowed yourselves to kill innocent people, we will therefore avenge their deaths.â€ť
“Islamic State” also known as “IS”, operates in parts of Syria and Iraq following their missionÂ 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.