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Underground “hacktivist” group Anonymous has renewed its declaration of war on the Islamic State, vowing to target the terrorist organization wherever it exists on the Web for the deadly attacks in Paris.
And the group is already claiming tens of thousands of strikes in a campaign that’s been underway since January’s Charlie Hebdo attacks.
Donning Anonymous’ trademark Guy Fawkes mask — adopted from the illustrated novel and movie “V for Vendetta” — and aping the newscast-style of the movie’s protagonist, a speaker in an online video released yesterday warned the jihadists, “We do not forgive. We do not forget.”
“To defend our values and our freedom, we’re tracking down members of the terrorist group responsible for these attacks, we will not give up, we will not forgive, and we’ll do all that is necessary to end their actions,” the person in the widely circulated video stated. “Expect a total mobilization on our part. This violence should not weaken us. It has to give us the strength to come together and fight tyranny and obscurantism together.”
The new mission, dubbed #OpParis on Twitter, dovetails with #OpISIS, which launched after the January attacks on Charlie Hebdo.
A record-keeping arm of the hacker group — Lucky Troll Club — claims that since January they have already exposed the social media accounts of more than 39,300 suspected ISIS members, 25,000 of which were closed down. Troll Club also lists accounts it claims are still active and belong to active Islamic State members.