Islamic State have sent a message to its members, advising them on how not to get hacked by Anonymous.
It follows the hacker group’s recent threats to ‘hunt’ down ISIS terrorists online and combat them with cyber attacks – the hacktivists have already taken about 900 Twitter accounts linked to Islamic State offline, it was reported yesterday.
This message from free encrypted messenger app Telegram reveals IS’s plan to stop themselves being hacked. A screenshot of it was circulated on the app’s Khilafah News channel, and lists five ways to avoid being hacked, Huffington Post reported.
In it ISIS say – in broken English – Anonymous are ‘idiots’, adding: “what they gonna hack all what they can do is hacking Alansar twitter accounts, emails etc…”
It warns members not to open links unless they know the source, and to block strangers on Telegram.
The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation were first to find the note. A researcher from the institute, Nick Kaderbhai, told the Huffington Post: “Anyone can subscribe to it (technically) however the more IS channels you subscribe to the more open you are to investigation.”
ISIS might be taking Anonymous’ threats seriously, but experts are still unsure whether the hacker group can really make a difference.
Kaderbhai explained to HuffPost:
It should first be stated that speculation about Anonymous is difficult given the nature of the group i.e. the lack of info regarding its capabilities, the horizontal nature of its leadership etc.
In order to thus assess Anonymous’ potential impact against IS, one must understand it through a framework of objectives, tactics and strategy.
If the objective of Anonymous is to make a serious dent in IS’ online presence, then there is a good chance they will struggle.
Anonymous announced they were ‘declaring war’ on the militants after the horrifying attacks in Paris on Friday night.
They posted a video stating: “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. We will launch the biggest operation ever against you.”
And good luck to them!