Can you guess who these 5,000 Twitter accounts belong to?
After the horrific attacks that left Paris shaken on its knees due to 129 deaths, infamous hacking group going by the name of Anonymous has vowed to do whatever it takes in order to reduce the extremism element, at an area with which they are most dexterous at; hacking. That is right, Anonymous has been on a rampage in attempting to curb the activities of Islamic State on social media by shutting down as many as 5,000 Twitter accounts.
A YouTube video showing an individual wearing a hoodie and Fawkesian mask was speaking in French, indicating that the individual indeed belonged to the hacking group. In the video, the hooded figure speaks which was later translated as the following:
“The French people are stronger than you and will come out of this atrocity even stronger”
No doubt that these individuals are also outraged at what transpired a few days back. However, while they are attempting to placate the threat of IS on social media, Twitter and Facebook should also be making efforts in order to confirm the identity of individuals before making their accounts capable of use. Some people might disagree with what we have suggested, but it is the only way to make sure that such levels of extremism remain at bay as much as possible, otherwise a series of psychological attacks will continue to take place on such platforms.
The video also stated the following, showing that the hacking group was not messing around with their intentions:
“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. Expect massive cyber-attacks. War is declared. Get prepared.”
Let us hope that such accounts continue to get targeted and get systematically shut down.