The three major hacktivist groups: Anonymous, GhostSec and Ctrlsec following an historic collaboration has released the biggest ever list of social media accounts related to Islamic State (ISIS).
The list, which was released via @xrsone, is being promoted in hopes that it will force the social media site to immediately remove ISIS sympathizers from its webpage. Anonymous, who partnered with two other tech-savvy factions — GhostSec and Ctrlsec — for the operation, are encouraging Twitter users to frequently share the list in order to raise awareness and squash the social media communications of ISIS.
— (xrsone) (@xrsone) March 15, 2015
“Usually they are very closed off and not willing to work outside of their circles but this has become so large of a problem they’re willing to form an alliance for what is seen as a greater good.
“The outcome of hundreds of hackers across all three major groups is the largest compiled and verified list ever to be released to the public.”
IBTimes UK has checked a number of the accounts, all of which are still active and appear to be related to IS, however due to the size of the list it has not yet been possible to verify all of the accounts.
Anonymous #OpISIS campaign, which launched earlier this year, has already claimed to have disrupted almost one thousand websites, email accounts and VPN connections related to IS adding that it would treat IS “like a virus, and we are the cure”.
In a post linking to the Twitter accounts on Medium, the hacktivist group called on members of the public to help spread the word:
The more attention it gets the more likely it becomes Twitter takes action in removing these accounts and making a serious impact on the ability of ISIS to spread propaganda and recruit new members. You don’t have to be tech savvy to contribute, simply clicking retweet or like could mean the difference between almost 10 thousand active accounts or 10 thousand suspended ones. Help us fight
Social media, in particular Twitter, has provided a key platform for IS to spread propaganda to a worldwide audience and gain sympathisers and supporters to its vision of an Islamic Caliphate.
The micro-blogging site has suspended certain IS-related accounts but has so far proved ineffective in preventing Isis from using the service in this manner. IBTimes UK contacted Twitter but the firm has refused to comment on the matter.
IS uses what is known as swarm accounts to stay active despite Twitter’s suspensions. According to the Anonymous source, they create a multitude of accounts and use them to cross promote each other, creating a hydra-like platform in which to thrive.