Islamic State supporters have posted an Arabic-language social media guide on how to circumvent efforts by Anonymous, the hacktivist collective that took down many Twitter accounts of terrorists and those who fund them.
Anonymous had declared war on the Islamic State after the Friday Paris attacks that killed 129 and wounded 352, saying in a French video: “We will hunt you, take down your sites, accounts, emails, and expose you. From now on, no safe place for you online. You will be treated like a virus, and we are the cure. We own the Internet. We are Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.”
On Tuesday, Anonymous claimed it took down 5,500 Twitter accounts.
The Islamic State supporters give instructions in the guide, which has computer screenshots, on how to create Twitter accounts that won’t be as obvious to detect, The Hacker News site reported.
In a portion of the guide, translated by The Washington Times, the supporters said: “… Twitter accounts for the supporters of the Islamic State is facing some trouble opening new accounts because of the request phone number.”
The guide advises users to “close the account just days after its creation”; use old “neglected” accounts of 2010 and 2011 with a large number of followers; use accounts from “Westerners”; or use accounts that stopped “because of non-use for years.”
On Wednesday, the Daily Mirror reported that supporters of the Islamic State launched a cyber counteroffensive against Anonymous’ #OpParis Twitter campaign and targeted Anons in various countries with Distributed Denial of Service, or DDoS, attacks.
DDoS attacks work by flooding a target’s server or resources in a way that users can’t access the information.
The U.K. was especially hit hard Wednesday as this Digital Attack Map, created by Google Ideas and Arbor Networks, showed. The map is a live data visualization of DDoS attacks worldwide.
It’s unclear from the map as to who launched those attacks on the U.K.
“Anonymous hackers also threatened to target Saudi Arabia and related nations for funding and supporting ISIS group. In a previous note they explained, ‘We are unable to target ISIS because they predominantly fight on the ground. But we can go after the people or states who fund them’ ” The Hacker News site said.
The Islamic State supporters aren’t the only ones posting guides to help crowdsource the cyberwar.
On Wednesday, Anonymous published three “how-to” or “noob” guides to teach beginners how track down Islamic State websites and hack into them, the Daily Mirror reported.
But this is not without its risks.
Anonymous also posted a warning on Twitter Wednesday:
Despite the risks, Anonymous’ #OpISIS and #OpParis continues: