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Anonymous Group Officially Declares (Cyber) War on ISIS; #OpIceISIS Launched

The Anonymous hackers collective has officially started campaign #OpIceISIS, waging (cyber) war on the terrorist group, according to the Hackers News Bulletin. The group aims to attack ISIS’ financial sources, amid the beheadings of civilians and well-known journalists.

 “We plan to attack several countries that were knowingly supporting ISIS FINANCIALLY including Turkey and Saudi Arabia,” one Anonymous member told live on France24’s Tech 24. “We warned that if they continued to support ISIS we would be forced to destroy their virtual infrastructure. And yes we have those who can do this.”

The initiative was initiated for two main reasons, as Anonymous said:

1. Raise public awareness of the urgency of Iraq’s situation.

“Before the mainstream media took serious direction in reporting the ISIS threat, we were one of the first to communicate it to the masses via the video we uploaded on YouTube in June explaining how and why ISIS came to be.”

Photo Credit: @OpIceISIS

2. The group’s disagreement with the ISIS on a religious basis as the terrorist group branded itself as ‘jihadi’ (Muslim resistance warriors).

“Muslims and Christians alike have been victims of this tragedy and we were prepared to answer questions and address any concerns that had to deal with this topic.”

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Lucian Ciolacu

Still the youngest Bitdefender News writer, Lucian is constantly after flash news in the security industry, especially when something is vulnerable or exploited. Besides digging for 'hacker' scoops and data leaks, he enjoys sports, such as football and tennis.
He has also combined an interest for social and political sciences, as a graduate of the Political Science Faculty, with a passion for guitar and computer games.