As the world continues to mourn the lives lost in the Paris attacks, Anonymous is set on revenge.
After declaring war on ISIS, the hacktivist group’s latest effort to ruin ISIS’ form of communication is to rickroll any verified hashtags the group uses.
For the uninitiated, rickrolling is an age-old Internet bait-and-switch where people are tricked into clicking on a link that actually leads them to a video of Rick Astley’s 1987 song, “Never Gonna Give You Up.” According to KnowYourMeme.com, rickrolling first started in May 2007 on 4Chan’s message boards. And now, it’s apparently powerful enough to be used as a weapon in the cyber war between Anonymous and ISIS.
In addition to spamming them with a classic ’80s song, Anonymous published three guides that explain how to disrupt ISIS’ online presence. The guides are titled, “The Noob Guide,” “The Reporter Guide,” and “The Searcher Guide,” and aim to help people with various levels of computer experience smash the terrorist group’s online presence.
ISIS responded to the threats by calling Anonymous “idiots.”
Hacktivist groups aside, Facebook took a misguided step to prevent ISIS from communicating by suspending the account of a women with the first name Isis, NTRSCTN reports. Isis Anchalee is actually a platform engineer in San Francisco and even after providing proof of her passport, she was still unable to get her account reinstated. After three requests, Isis is now back on her social media account.
SOURCE: NTRSCTN, Twitter | VIDEO SOURCE: Inform