Why the Internet is fighting ISIS with rubber ducks
Published 29/11/2015 | 10:30
As the hacker collective Anonymous continues its cyber war against the Islamic State, other internet users have also joined the fight.The hacker group has vowed to hunt down members of the terror group, while creative users of imageboard 4Chan have decided to fight back with humour using rubber ducks.
"How about castrating the image of IS by replacing the faces on ALL the propaganda photos with bath ducks?" a 4Chan user wrote.
Since then, many Photoshop masters have been busy putting the heads of rubber ducks onto images featuring Isil fighters.
An album called 'creates the duck state' has been viewed more than 100,000 times on photo-sharing site Imgur.
"Great, now I'm scared to take a bath," commented one user.
Another wrote: "This is how we fight Daesh. Humiliate them."
thx internet <3 Replacing ISIS Faces with bath ducks pic.twitter.com/kKPYseXZ3s— operative (@nullpointr) November 25, 2015
"We will launch the biggest operation ever against you.
"Expect massive cyber attacks. War is declared. Get prepared.
"The French people are stronger than you and will come out of this atrocity even stronger."
The hacker collective also launched a plan to introduce Islamic State supporters to the wonderful world of Rick Astley.
Last week, the #OpParis Twitter account said it would be spamming verified ISIS hashtags on Twitter with the eighties pop star’s song Never Gonna Give You Up.
The 4Chan forum, founded in 2003, is widely regarded as a place that has given birth to internet memes such as Rickrolling.
It made headlines in 2014 after nude photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence were leaked on the site.