Hactivists Declare War on Islamic State


Caroline Sitter, News Editor

Do you remember the fifth of November? In 1605, a man named Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up British Parliament to engage revolution. Made popular by the movie V for Vendetta, the idea of anonymous activism has become the face of Anonymous, one of the most popular hacking groups acknowledged today.

This group of hacktivists has been able to hack into various governments to convey their current message. In less than 24 hours after the Paris attacks, the group posted a video declaring war on the Islamic State.

“On Friday 13 November our country France was attacked in Paris for two hours by multiple terrorist attacks claimed by you, Islamic State. These attacks cannot go unpunished. That’s why Anonymous activists from all over the world will hunt you down,” said an Anonymous hacker in a web post.

The group continued to confront members of Isis by officially declaring war.

“So get ready for a massive reaction from Anonymous. Know that we will find you and we will never let up. We are going to launch the biggest ever operation against you. Expect very many cyber attacks. War is declared. Prepare yourselves,” said the Anonymous hacktivist.

After addressing the terrorist group with the ultimate agenda to engage in a cyber based war, they finalize their thoughts by ending with their trademark.

“We are Anonymous. We are legion. We don’t forgive. We don’t forget. Expect us,” said Anonymous hacker.

Although the motives of this group are to revolutionize world issues for the benefit of the people, the question is if these methods are effective.

“Some countries have labeled them terrorists due to their immense power, but it is debatable,” said Jr. Aiden Urban.

Anonymous has been currently working with members all around the world to identify twitter accounts that may be linked to the terrorist group.

“I guess that they are sort of effective but I don’t think that they would be a big factor in the war on ISIS” said Jr. Robby Grogan.

The view on the group of hacktivists still remains controversial. With technology becoming such an influential part of our lives, a movement as such may be effective by bring attention to activist propaganda. However, the issue remains that means of these movements is illegal.

“The controversy is around bringing attention to a certain cause… but the other side of that is vigilantism. In our culture it’s really easy to compartmentalize and ignore really important issues. And anything that brings attention to those issues can be good,” said English teacher Aaron Eldridge.

What causes such controversy about the group is, although they are raising awareness to certain issues in our society, they are doing so by violating the law.

“All I hear about Isis is about how ‘smooth’ and ‘streamlined’ and ‘modernized’ their recruitment set up is, they make it glamorous and they make people who might have a few (might be disgruntled) but certain ideas… It would be kind of cool to see if they could actually hack into their recruitment system and their online videos and make them seem like less of an option for young, dissatisfied people,” said Eldridge.

Although where Anonymous stands with Isis remains pretty clear, what the group of hacktivists have in store for the future remains murky. While currently working on removing twitter accounts related to the terrorist group, there is still much to be done regarding Isis.

Sidebar: To view the full video in which the group declared war visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAUZnDIWu2I