Anonymous Just Released a Do-It-Yourself ISIS Hacking Guide

November 21st 2015

Alex Mierjeski

On Wednesday, some identifying themselves as members of the hacker-activist collective known as Anonymous released a series of manuals, which reportedly guide anyone looking to join the group's collective hacking offensive against social media accounts linked to the so-called Islamic State (IS), International Business Times reports.

A Twitter account that appears to represent an Anonymous offensive against online IS sympathizers reported earlier in the week that over 5,000 Twitter accounts had been taken down as a result of hacker activity.

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The manuals, which were published on a now-password-protected online communication channel, apparently lay out instructions and tips for differing levels of hackers interested in outing IS-linked social media accounts and otherwise being an e-thorn in the side of the extremist group known for its relative technological know-how. For first-timers, the "NoobGuide" lays out some hacking basics; the "ReporterGuide" instructs users on how to set up a bot to report suspicious account IDs; and a third search guide helps users identify IS-linked websites.

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Anonymous has no centralized head, making independent verification difficult. In fact a recent statement from AnonPress disavowed their involvement with a video made earlier this week claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous. 

"We, @Anonpress, neither created, shared nor ascribed to the video that was made," the statement reads. "That said, we do support #OpISIS but it isn’t our operation and is one that we feel runs the risk of showboating more than helping. The media didn't help in that respect, and it shouldn't be a criticism leveled at the Anons working to achieve good things." 

ATTN: reached out to the group behind the offensive, but did not hear back before publishing this story.

Earlier this week, social media accounts linked to the hacking collective's efforts against IS declared a "war," following deadly attacks in Paris last week that left more than 120 dead and hundreds others wounded. Anonymous had previously promised similar action following attacks on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January. The group has been criticized in the past for leaking incorrect information. Following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., the group initially identified the wrong police officer as being responsible for the death.