An online campaign named #OpISIS was launched earlier this year by Anonymous with the aim to disrupt websites and email accounts related to ISIS.
As part of the campaign Anonymous have recently released 9,200 Twitter account names who have shown support to ISIS in the hope that Twitter will suspend them.
A member of Anonymous involved in the operation told IBTimes UK:
“This is historic amongst the digital world as it’s the first time these groups have come together for something this large, Usually they are very closed off and not willing to work outside of their circles but this has become so large of a problem they’re willing to form an alliance for what is seen as a greater good. The outcome of hundreds of hackers across all three major groups is the largest compiled and verified list ever to be released to the public.”
The @xrsone, the Twitter account that has released the account names is highly encouraging people to share these accounts to apply pressure on Twitter to remove or suspend them as soon as possible:
— (xrsone) (@xrsone) March 15, 2015
ISIS uses what is known as swarm accounts to stay active despite Twitter’s suspensions. On March 2, ISIS threatened Twitter founder and other employees for blocking ISIS supporter accounts.
A published article from Foreignpolicy written by Emerson Brooking, has some interesting ideas for fighting against ISIS online activities. The article is titled “The U.S. Government Should Pay Anonymous in Bitcoin to Fight ISIS” which clearly explains itself:
“How is it that the US government, capable of coordinating a complex air campaign from nearly 6,000 miles away, remains virtually powerless against the Islamic State’s online messaging and distribution network?
“If the United States is struggling to counter the Islamic State’s dispersed, rapidly regenerative online presence, why not turn to groups native to this digital habitat? Why not embrace the efforts of third-party hackers like Anonymous to dismantle the Islamic State – and even give them the resources to do so?”