In response to the Orlando mass shooting, the hacker-activist group known as Anonymous has hacked into dozens of pro-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) Twitter accounts and infused them with gay pride.
While Twitter did not admit that the accounts were hacked, images of the hacked accounts and the Twitter account responsible for the hacking seem to suggest otherwise. A Twitter spokesperson told CBS,
“We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service. Since the middle of 2015 alone, we’ve suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts, primarily related to ISIS.“
Anonymous hacker @WauchulaGhost has been hacking pro-ISIS accounts since March 2016, but possibly earlier. On June 7, the account was posting porno-related images and
“I love porn”
to pro-ISIS accounts.
Following the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando –which the FBI is investigating as both a hate crime and an ISIS-inspired terror attack– the Anonymous hacker started to infiltrate pro-ISIS accounts and then post images of rainbow flags, non-graphic gay porn and slogans like,
“I’m gay and I’m proud.”
The pro-ISIS accounts that were hacked were all renamed Jacked by a Ghost and most linked to CIA.gov. While some of the hacked accounts have been suspended, some still exist, according to CBS San Francisco.
As of yesterday afternoon, the Anonymous hacker Twitter account appeared to still be at it, tweeting its successful takeover of the Twitter account @islamsunna111, with an IP address in Oman, and peppering that account with
“Make love, not war #MoreSex #LessDeath #ISIS #ISIL #IslamicState.”
Remember, you have hate and guns, ISIS, but we’re smart and resourceful. You won’t win.
(via CBS News)