The jihadis better watch out now.
The international hacktivist collective Anonymous has declared war on Islamic extremists.
In a video statement released through the Twitter account #OpCharlieHebdo, the activists vowed to avenge the Paris attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo that resulted in 12 deaths, The Telegraph reported.
“We are declaring war against you, the terrorists,” an activist figure wearing a Guy Fawkes mask said on the video, according to the Telegraph.
The video was released on Saturday and its description says the message is “for al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and other terrorists.”
“It’s obvious that some people don’t want, in a free world, this sacrosanct right to express in any way one’s opinions,” the news release said. “Anonymous has always fought for the freedom of speech, and will never let this right besmirched by obscurantism and mysticism. Expect a massive reaction from us, because this freedom is what we’ve been always fighting for.”
The group plans to “track down and close all accounts on social networks related to terrorists in order to avenge those who have been killed,” according to the Telegraph. Yet, for many, the inconvenience of a website being hacked pales in comparison to dead bodies in the street.
Nevertheless, the group has already claimed its first victim.
Anonymous claimed to have hacked the website ansar-alhaqq.net on Saturday afternoon — described as a French jihadist website, according to Mashable.
The broadcast their “success” via Twitter:
— OpCharlieHebdo (@OpCharlieHebdo) January 10, 2015
While you may feel compelled to give Anonymous an “A” for effort, and their enthusiasm to go after jihadis certainly trumps anything seen from the Obama administration, what effect they may ultimately have in stemming worldwide terrorism remains to be seen.
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