Monday 5 December 2016

Anonymous hackers post gay porn links on Isil Twitter accounts after Orlando attack

Published 16/06/2016 | 08:20

A screenshot of a pro-Isil Twitter account that was hacked. Credit: Twitter
A screenshot of a pro-Isil Twitter account that was hacked. Credit: Twitter
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Hackers have posted links to gay porn on the accounts of Isil supporters in the wake of the Orlando attack.

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Omar Mateen, who was killed by police after a three-hour standoff at the LGBT nightclub on Sunday, called 911 during his shooting spree to profess allegiance to various militant Islamist groups, including Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

At least 49 people were killed and 53 wounded.

“I did it for the lives lost in Orlando,” the hacker, who uses the online moniker WauchulaGhost, told Newsweek.

“Daesh [ISIS] have been spreading and praising the attack, so I thought I would defend those that were lost. The taking of innocent lives will not be tolerated.”

WauchulaGhost, who is affiliated with the hacktivist collective Anonymous, began hijacking pro-Isil accounts several months ago.

In response to the Pulse club attack, the hacker posted gay porn links, rainbow flags and pro-LGBT messages to the accounts, replacing Isil imagery.

WauchulaGhost, who does not given his name or location in the US, said "our purpose is not to offend Muslims".

"Our actions are directed at Jihadist extremists. Many of our own [group of hackers] are Muslim and we respect all religions that do not take innocent lives."

WauchulaGhost claims to have taken over the Twitter accounts of more than 200 Isil supporters, Newsweek reported, though many have since been removed. At least two others hackers,  Ebony and Yeti, have joined him in his campaign.

Hackers are exploring a number of ways to fight back against Isil, which uses social media to spread propaganda.

Opponents fighting the radical Islamic group have been creating fake versions of its apps and tricking members into downloading them, according to an intelligence researcher.

Worried that the apps could dupe followers into revealing information about themselves and their location, Isil released a message urging its members verify the creator before downloading Isil-related apps.

Anonymous vowed to carry out "many cyber attacks" against the group as revenge after the Paris attacks last November

 

 

 

What you need to know: Anonymous

What is it?

An internet-based collective who claim to hack computers and computer networks to defend internet freedom, human rights and freedom of information.

 

Who controls it?

 Anonymous does not have a leader or controlling group, but operates as a loose collective who share similar ideals and aims.

 

Their slogan:

WE ARE ANONYMOUS.

WE ARE A LEGION.

WE DO NOT FORGIVE.

WE DO NOT FORGET.

 

Who they have targeted:

The Church of Scientology

Government agencies of the US, Israel, Tunisia and others

Child pornography sites

Westboro Baptist Church

Corporations including PayPal, MasterCard, Visa and Sony

Isil

Donald Trump

 

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