ISIS-Anonymous War Catches Donald Trump And Harry Reid In Crossfire
ISIS supporters encouraged attacks against the Senate minority leader, while Anonymous hackers slammed Trump
The simmering cyber war between ISIS and Anonymous has now seen the Senate’s top Democrat and the leading Republican candidate for president dragged into the digital feud.
A group of ISIS-affiliated hackers published what they said were addresses for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and called upon “lone wolf” jihadists to attack him, Vocativ analysts discovered using our technology. The dox came only days after its hacktivist rival Anonymous launched a campaign against Donald Trump in response to the billionaire’s bombastic call to ban Muslims from entering the United States—a move Anonymous claims will only strengthen the Islamic State.
“The more the United States appears to be targeting Muslims, not just radical Muslims, you can be sure that ISIS will be putting that on their social media campaign,” a masked Anonymous member said in a video published Wednesday, marking the beginning of #OpTrump.
“Donald Trump, think twice before you speak anything. You have been warned,” the figure adds.
The “Cyber Caliphate,” a group of hackers that supports ISIS, followed up with its own political target on Thursday night when it published what were purportedly Reid’s addresses and phone numbers in both Nevada and Washington, D.C.
Prospective lone wolves might be disappointed. Of the seven addresses for Reid published by the ISIS hackers, four are for his Senate offices, and are freely available on the senator’s website, Vocativ found. One is a house that public records indicate Reid hasn’t lived in for 13 years. Another appears to be a house that belongs to Reid’s son, not Reid.
The Cyber Caliphate also took aim against the Council of Europe, publishing a list with names, addresses and phone numbers of several European ministers. The account also tweeted threats in Spanish and French with the message: “We will show you what war is… We are everywhere.”
The campaigns involving Trump and Reid are just the latest salvo in an ongoing cyber spat between ISIS and Anonymous. On Friday, Anonymous hacktivists also unveiled an “ISIS trolling day,” publishing lists of Twitter accounts linked to the terror group and asking supporters to heckle them. Armed with the the hashtags #ISISTrollingDay and
#TRO11ISIS, Anonymous accounts are also hurling insulting memes at the jihadists.
ISIS supporters had their own response for Anonymous. “This is just clear proof of their failure in the attempts to hack,” the supporters said in a message published to Telegram, which Vocativ found. “We will publish the details of their leaders and will embarrass and expose their agents. Our response will be an ISIS response, not a childish one.”
— Steve Anderson (@furiousracing24) December 11, 2015