- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 26, 2015

Ghost Sec, a group affiliated with Anonymous, the hacktivist collective, attacked a site by an Islamic State supporter found on the deep web and replaced the terror propaganda with a pharmacy ad for Viagra and Prozac.

“Too Much ISIS. Enhance your calm. Too many people are into this ISIS-stuff. Please gaze upon this lovely ad so we can upgrade our infrastructure to give you ISIS content you all so desperately crave,” the hackers wrote on the Isdarat site.

“Isdrat [sic] is the first site on the dark web to be successfully infiltrated by hacktivists,” the RT.com reported.

The dark web, sometimes a place of seedy interactions, is the part of the Internet that is not searchable using traditional browsers. Instead, users have to resort to other methods. Using the Tor browser, users can post information while hiding their IP addresses, for example.

Hackers were able to access the deep web version of Isdarat by using the .onion address (or onion routing) found on the Tor network — https://isdratetp4donyfy.onion — according to the INSITE Blog on Terrorism and Extremism, run the by SITE Intelligence Group.

Some supporters of the Islamic State are being forced to move to the deep web as Anonymous has crowdsourced its cyberwar on Twitter — #OpParis and #OpISIS.

SEE ALSO: ISIS supporters post social media guide to combat Anonymous cyberwar

Anonymous mobilized after the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 and wounded more than 300. They declared war on the Islamic State, 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.”

Since then, Anonymous has been “rickrolling” — #RickrollDaesh — and launching Distributed Denial of Service, or DDoS, attacks against sites by supporters of the Islamic State and those who fund them.

DDoS attacks flood a site so that users can’t access the information. Rickrolling involves hacking a site and putting a video of singer Rick Astley singing “Never Going to Give You Up” in place of the site’s information.

On Monday, Anonymous tweeted that 11,000 Twitter accounts by Islamic State supporters were down.

• Maria Stainer can be reached at mstainer@washingtontimes.com.

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