Paris Terrorism: ISIS Hackers Brace For Attacks By Anonymous

A Telegram channel of ISIS hackers issued a warning to its followers after Anonymous hackers declared "war" on the militant group

(R. A. Di Ieso/Vocativ)
Nov 16, 2015 at 1:50 PM ET

The online war between ISIS and Anonymous is heating up again. On Monday, ISIS hackers warned their followers of incoming attacks from the hacking group Anonymous. Posts in a channel on the messaging app Telegram described as “the official channel of Islamic Cyber Army,” cautioned ISIS supporters and also gave instructions on how to avoid being hacked.

“The Anonymous hackers threatened in new video release to carry out a major hacking operation on the Islamic State,” the post read, calling them “idiots.” The authors wrote Anonymous was likely to hack ISIS supporters’ Twitter accounts, and emails, and offered tips on how supporters could protect themselves. “Do not open any kind of links unless you are sure of the source, use VPN and change your IP constantly for security reasons… [and] do not make your email same as your username on Twitter. The infidels published supporters’ IP addresses, so be careful,” said a post uncovered by Vocativ’s deep web technology.

The warning came after Anonymous circulated a video showing a French speaker in a Guy Fawkes mask vowing to go after ISIS in retaliation for the attacks in Paris. “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,” the speaker said. The video has gotten over a 1.5 million views since Saturday. Earlier today, Anonymous-related accounts circulated lists that claimed to show websites and Twitter accounts affiliated with ISIS, so that Anonymous members could target them.

“More that 3824 Twitter accounts are now down. Expect us,” read one tweet, using the hacters’ tag #OpParis.