People all over the world are mourning the innocent lives that were abruptly taken by the cowardly attack in Paris just over a week ago. The spineless and atrocious acts of terror that were carried out on Friday 13th has been the subject of the western world’s attention, including some of the most powerful organizations in the world. France launched an air raid two days after the attack with some help from US intelligence, plus Russian naval forces unleashed cruise missiles with the words “For Paris” written on the side. Meanwhile, in the dark corners of the net, Hackivist group Anonymous declared a cyber-war against ISIS.
— Anonymous (@GroupAnon) November 17, 2015
Anonymous, a collective group of hackers, recently released a how-to guide to the public in an effort to shut down any websites or social media that ISIS uses for propaganda and recruitment. It includes step by step instructions on how to carry out cyberattacks against any website that associates with ISIS. The hackivist group also added links and software recommendations to help any would-be hackers to carry out distributed denial of service (DDoS) and man in the middle (MITM) attacks on ISIS-affiliated sites. The guide first surfaced in IRC, Internet Relay Chat, where an Anonymous affiliate said, “Instead of sitting idle in the [chat] channel or lurking around and doing nothing, you can benefit greatly from the different tools and guides that have been provided to you. Your contribution means a lot and we encourage you to partake in all of the Op’s activities if you can, the more the merrier.”
The attack manual is broken into three categories: NoobGuide, Reporter and Searcher. NoobGuide teaches you the basics, while the Reporter is a guideline for setting up twitter bots that may expose any terrorist accounts on social medias, and the Searcher explains how to find any websites that relate to or promote ISIS.
This stunt, which, tbh, seems like something out of Angelina Jolie’s movie Hacker, may have its benefits. However, most of the accounts that were shut down are believed to be, “wildly inaccurate” as said by a Twitter spokesperson in an interview. In any war, collateral damage is expected, and in this particular conflict that damage could be numbered by innocent Twitter users who no longer have access to their accounts. But hopefully that’s the worst of it.