In a video released by the global network of activist hackers, Anonymous, the organisation announced war on ISIS, following the attacks in Paris last week that killed 129 people. Since it was posted to YouTube, the video had attracted more than 1.3 million views by 09:30 et on Monday.
The video posted to YouTube Anonymous said the Islamic State militants, who claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks, were “vermin” and Anonymous would hunt them to the last one.
“These attacks cannot remain unpunished, ” said the french speaking Anonymous representative.
“We are going to launch the biggest operation ever against you. Expect many cyberattacks. War has been declared. Get ready. We don’t forgive and we don’t forget.”
Since the attack on French weekly Charlie Hebdo last January, which led to the deaths of 17 victims, Anonymous activists have waged an online vigilante campaign to force the shutdown of Twitter profiles suspected of belonging to ISIS supporters.
Reuter reports that The group says it has identified more than 39, 000 suspected ISIS profiles and reported them to Twitter. It claims to have had more than 25, 000 of these accounts suspended, while nearly 14, 000 more on the targeted list remain active, according to a list posted to a site calling itself Lucky Troll Club.