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Anonymous Launches Cyber Attack Against Jihadist Website In First Salvo Against Terror Groups

January 12, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Anonymous Launches Cyber Attack Against Jihadist Website In First Salvo Against Terror Groups

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The hacking group Anonymous have launched the first attack in their declared cyber war against Islamic terror groups al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

They say they have hacked one of the  jihadist websites in retaliation for the terror attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The website ansar-alhaqq.net, a French jihadist site, now currently redirects to Duck Duck Go, a search engine.

Hackers claimed responsibility on Twitter, using the handle @OpCharlieHebdo. Anonymous revealed dozens of Twitter accounts that the hacktivist group says belong to jihadists.

The hackers posted the Twitter handles on Pastebin, a website that lets people post information anonymously online.

On Friday, Anonymous members announced they are declaring all out cyber war on Islamic extremists, calling the operation: “#OpCharlieHebdo.

In a video posted on YouTube, the group of hackers said they would track down websites and social media networks linked to terrorists, and take them down.

“We, Anonymous around the world, have decided to declare war on you the terrorists,” it said.

Anonymous said the video was a message for “al Qaeda, the Islamic State and other terrorists,” and promised to avenge the deaths in last week’s attack. The group also sent a message to the terror groups regarding their stated goal: “YOU WILL NOT IMPOSE YOUR SHARIA LAW ON OUR DEMOCRACIES”.

Anonymous, vowed to track down all the terrorists in retaliation. The group  has hacked websites belonging to government departments, companies and other organizations, releasing sensitive information online.

The group vowed the attack to be just the first shot fired in what is certain to be an all out assault on the terrorist organizations online capabilities.

The attack on Charlie Hebdo has prompted an outpouring of solidarity, sparking some news organizations to republish the magazine’s most controversial cartoons — including of the Prophet Mohammed.

On Sunday, millions of people, including world leaders, marched in an anti-terrorism rally in Paris. The French Mission to the United Nations called the massive gathering the largest in France’s history.

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