When it's not busy taking down government sites, hacking collective Anonymous sees itself as something akin to a G.I. Joe web division. It's announced that its next target will be ISIS, and the social media accounts of those associated with the jihadist extremists.
“We will hunt you down and expose you,” the collective announced in its latest post, apparently acting upon its January declaration of "war" on ISIS in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks by disabling the Twitter and Facebook accounts of some ISIS supporters.
Moving to distance itself from any claims of bigotry, Anonymous explained in the video post that members of its "Operation ISIS" are “[...] Muslims, Christians, Jews. We are hackers, crackers, Hacktivist, phishers, agents, spies, or just the guy from next door.”
"We are young and old, gay or straight […] we come from all races, countries, religions and ethnicities – united as one, divided by zero. We are Anonymous."
Calling out the extremists, Anonymous threatened:
"From now on, there [will be] no safe place for you online – you will be treated like a virus, and we are the cure. We own the internet now."
According to The Hacker News, more than 1,500 ISIS-linked accounts have already been disabled by Twitter. Alongside the video, Anonymous has posted an updated Pastebin list of accounts it has targeted.
ISIS itself regularly uses social media to disseminate its propaganda, and was recently found to be distributing a "handbook" of techniques on how to spread its messaging online without detection.