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Hackers Protest Orlando Attack By Posting Gay Porn On ISIS Accounts

An Anonymous-affiliated hacker says he hijacked Twitter accounts of ISIS supporters to defend the victims of the Orlando shooting

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Vocativ
Jun 15, 2016 at 5:07 AM ET

Hackers protested the worst mass shooting in U.S. history by taking control of Twitter accounts run by ISIS loyalists and flooding them with rainbow flags, pro-LGBT messages, and links to gay pornography, Newsweek reports.

One hacker, who uses the alias WauchulaGhost and affiliates himself with the hacking group Anonymous, tweeted links to several Twitter accounts belonging to ISIS sympathizers that he claimed to have hacked. “I did it for the lives lost in Orlando,” he told Newsweek, adding that his aim was to defend those who died. “The taking of innocent lives will not be tolerated.” He said the efforts aren’t intended to offend Muslims, but instead are directed at extremists. “Many of our own [group of hackers] are Muslim and we respect all religions that do not take innocent lives,” he said.

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In one case, what appeared to be an ISIS-affiliated account linked out to a gay pornography website, gaymaletube.com. One tweet posted to the account declared: “It’s time I share with you a little secret…I’m Gay and Proud!!”

On other accounts, hackers posted messages of support for the 49 people who died when a gunman opened fire at Pulse Orlando, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday morning. They also posted homoerotic imagery.

WauchulaGhost told Newsweek that he has hacked more than 200 Twitter accounts belonging to ISIS adherents. The hacker’s Twitter account is filled with images of accounts that appeared to be affiliated with the terror group’s supporters and were seemingly hacked even before Sunday’s attack. According to the images, hackers often posted pornographic imagery and tweeted pictures with phrases such as “I love porn.”

“We just started using it to poke fun [at ISIS] and diminish their presence online,” the hacker told The Washington Post. He says he targeted the Twitter accounts of ISIS sympathizers because he feels “the government really hasn’t been doing enough, especially on social media.” “Daesh doesn’t like porn,” he added, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

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The attacker in Sunday’s assault, Omar Mateen, died in a shootout with police after killing 49 people and injuring dozens of others at Pulse Orlando. Mateen called 911 during the attack and pledged allegiance to ISIS, according to reports.

On Monday, President Obama said Mateen was “inspired by various extremist information that was disseminated over the internet.”

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