Hacker group Anonymous has vowed to avenge those killed in the deadly attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by taking down jihadist internet sites and social media accounts.
In a video uploaded to the Anonymous Belgique YouTube channel, a figure wearing the group’s signature Guy Fawkes mask condemned the attack that killed 12 individuals, which includes eight journalists. The video description addresses the message to “al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and other terrorists.”
“We are fighting in memory of these innocent people today who fought for freedom of expression,” stated the disguised person in the video.
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The group integrated a link to anonymous data sharing internet site Pastebin with a list of Twitter accounts it claims are linked to jihadists.
The group is using the hashtag #OpCharlieHebdo to urge other customers to assistance them take down the accounts by reporting them to Twitter, or participating in a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack – a practice normally used by the hacker group.
“Anonymous should remind each citizens (sic) that the press’s freedom is a fundement of the democracy. Opinions, speech, newspaper articles with no threats nor pressure, all these issues are rights you can’t modify,” read a statement posted to Pastebin by the group Thursday.
“Expect a massive reaction from us, simply because this freedom is what we’ve been often fighting for.”
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Wednesday’s attack in Paris has not been linked to ISIS – numerous reports have suggested it is much more most likely to be connected to the Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
On Friday, Charlie Hebdo suspects Cherif Kouachi, 32, and Stated Kouachi, 34, had been killed just after police stormed the constructing exactly where they were holed up for extra than five hours.
The third suspect Hamyd Mourad, 18, surrendered to police early Thursday.