Anonymous claims 5,550 Daesh-linked Twitter accounts taken down

Published November 18th, 2015 - 12:40 GMT

Hacker group Anonymous said it has taken down 5,500 Twitter accounts linked to the Islamic State (Daesh) days after declaring war on the militant group.

The loose collective of hackers said "OpParis," or Operation Paris, the team that launched the digital assault on the IS, is collecting the details from the accounts, verifying them through a "trusted individual" and will be turning over the information to authorities.

The hacker group also created three guides to help others aid in the effort. The Noob Guide gives basic information about beginning hacking techniques. The other two, the Reporter Guide and the Searcher Guide are specifically targeted to more detailed hacks. The group is encouraging the general public to follow the directions and uncover IS accounts.

The group declared war on the IS in response to the deadly attacks on Paris that left 129 dead. The IS responded by calling them "idiots" and offered guidance to its followers to avoid cyberattacks from Anonymous.

Amy R. Connolly

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