The Hill- Anonymous is in the middle of a cyber campaign to uncover and shut down ISIS-affiliated websites and social media accounts. On Tuesday, the team orchestrating the attacks, OpParis, said it had already claimed 5,500 Twitter accounts.
ISIS warned its followers not to respond to direct messages on Twitter from people they don’t know. It also told them to avoid conversations with unknown people on Telegram, “cause there are many glitches in telegram and they can hack you by it.”
The list also warned ISIS members to avoid using the same name for their email and Twitter handle. “This mistake cost many,” it cautioned.
The release also mocked Anonymous, calling the group “idiots” and questioning the anarchist collective’s ability to achieve anything tangible with its cyber crusade.
“All what they can do” is hack Twitter accounts and emails, the message said.
Well shit, I didn't see this coming, nor do I want to admit it, but ISIS kind of has a point, no? I mean, I'm not betting for this very reason, but smart money has to be on the actual terrorist organization and not the online terrorist organization, right? Kind of feels like David Vs. Goliath if David was using cheat codes and Goliath was using weapons of mass destruction. Not that 'Anonymous' is a group of idiots, because I certainly don't know how to break into computer mainframes, but what exactly are they going to hack? If 'Anonymous' just up and decided to come after me I would be pissing myself, but I am just a guy with a website that tries to make a few jokes on the internet. I can't imagine a group of violent radicals that are literally trying to take over the world are too concerned with their online personas. I don't think the people that are willing to strap explosives to their chests and die for their cause are checking their Twitter feed before they arm themselves. I could be wrong, but terrorists don't seem like the type to be frantically checking their email 15 times a day. Taking away the ability to use the internet is a tragedy for us, but it's pretty much just a minor inconvenience to them. I'm pretty confident that the day to day responsibilities of members of ISIS don't require a strong WiFi signal.
Am I wrong for thinking of this as the best 'Call Of Duty' players in the world going to battle against actual war veterans? As "real" as the internet seems it's still just a virtual, sometimes fraudulent, manifestation of what's going on in the world. Those 'Call Of Duty' players might outsmart their real world counterparts, but only one party knows how to pull a trigger. I think to get a grasp of this you just have to look at the best case scenarios. If 'Anonymous' wins then ISIS can't keep up with the latest hashtags. If ISIS wins we are all fucking dead. 'Anonymous' winning seems like more of a moral victory than anything else. It's like if you broke up with your girlfriend and she posted a bunch of shit on social media to make you look bad and her look good. 'Anonymous' is the ex-girlfriend that the public views as the winner because they see it on a computer screen. Which I guess would make ISIS the ex-girlfirend that turns around and fucks every single dude in sight. That's not to say that I don't appreciate 'Anonymous' efforts. I just don't think they can have a tangible impact on a very real, very dangerous terrorist group that's out to take our actual lives, and not some online depiction of them.