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Anonymous hack ISIS Twitter after Orlando shootings

A hacker working as part of the online hacktivist group Anonymous has hacked the Twitter account of ISIS following the biggest single shooting catastrophe in US history. The disturbing attack took place in Pulse nightclub, Orlando, Florida. A large and popular gay club that was in the process of holding a Latino themed night. The attack, which took place on Sunday 12th, is alleged to have been perpetrated by a lone gunman called Omar Mateen who open fired on a room full of club goers killing 49 people and injuring 53 more.

The cyber attack was undertaken by an Anonymous hacker going by the nickname WauchulaGhost, who hacked a number of accounts affiliated with the Jihadist terrorist group ISIS as a show of support for the friends and families of people who lost their lives. Although for the time being it is unknown whether ISIS were directly involved in the shootings themselves, the hacker made the decision to hack ISIS-affiliated pages after ISIS went public to praise the actions of the attack that caused a massive loss of US life.

After gaining control of the ISIS Twitter pages, WauchulaGhost updated all the pro-ISIS pictures with gay-pride rainbow flags and pro-LGBT messages. Explaining his decision the Anonymous hacker had the following to say,

‘I did it for the lives lost in Orlando, Daesh [ISIS] have been spreading and praising the attack, so I thought I would defend those that were lost. The taking of innocent lives will not be tolerated.’

The hacker, who has infiltrated ISIS accounts on previous occasions, further commented in a statement that ‘shit is getting too close to home’.

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Continued Anonymous ISIS Twitter hacking campaign

This is not the first time that the Anonymous hacktivist has taken control of pro-Isis twitter accounts. In fact, WauchulaGhost claims to have taken over as many as 200 ISIS-associated Twitter accounts in his time, many of which have since been taken down by Twitter. In February, it was reported that Twitter cancelled the accounts of as many as 125,000 ISIS-linked accounts,

‘Like most people around the world, we are horrified by the atrocities perpetrated by extremist groups,’ Twitter commented at the time.

Unfortunately, despite Twitter’s ongoing attempt to stay on top of accounts linked to promoting hate crimes committed by groups such as ISIS al-Qaeda and Syrian Islamist front, al-Nusra, there continues to be a presence of terrorist-linked Twitter accounts.

In January, Tamara Fields, an American widow who lost her husband to an ISIS-led attack in Jordan, decided to launch a legal case against Twitter. The legal proceedings were undertaken because of her belief that Twitter had been a huge single factor in the rise and spread of the popularity of ISIS in the Middle East, which she feels contributed to her husband’s untimely death,

‘Without Twitter, the explosive growth of Isis over the last few years into the most feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible.’

The Anonymous hacker, WauchulaGhost has promised to continue with the hacktivist agenda of infiltrating (and bringing to Twitter’s attention) any accounts linked with the terrorist group – a campaign that usually centres around putting pornography on those pages,

‘Daesh (ISIS) doesn’t like porn,’ the Anonymous hacker commented on Wednesday.

Not wanting to take all the credit for the campaign against ISIS social media, Wauchula Ghost was quick to praise his fellow Anon hackers Ebony and Yeti, who have also been involved – and will be continuing to help – with the work of hacking terrorist Twitter accounts.

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Despite the claims of ISIS – that the attack on the Orlando gay-club was directly carried out under their command – it remains unclear for the moment whether there is any truth whatsoever behind those claims, or if it was simply an aspirational and opportunist claim (for the purposes of propaganda), rather than a truly ISIS orchestrated attack.

Whether ISIS-led extremism was an inspiration for the attack carried out by the American-born Muslim, who worked for the security group G4S since 2007, is as yet unknown. However, his wife Noor Salman is believed to have already revealed information to the police claiming that she did have foreknowledge of her husband’s insane wishes to carry out a ‘jihadist attack’. Even claiming that she went with him at one stage to look at possible attack sites – including Disney World.

According to sources, Salman may be charged for not acting on her knowledge of a possible upcoming attack at the hands of her husband. Though it is reportedly not thought that she actually co-conspired to carry out the attack, but that she had, in fact, made attempts to dissuade her husband from ever carrying out an attack.

Even more interesting, perhaps, is the massive online truth movement that has rapidly exploded surrounding a number of pieces of evidence that people feel are smoking guns for a hidden truth about the attacks. According to supporters of that online ‘truther’ movement, eyewitness accounts of two gunmen (and not one), plus video evidence of ‘crisis actors’ (present close to the scene of the attack to put on a show for the cameras of the mass media) put an incredible amount of doubt on the official story (as it being reported by mainstream media).

Some people even going as far as to say that the worst gun-attack incident in US history may have been a choreographed False-Flag event.

Whether there is any truth to the belief in a false flag event, which centres around a conspiratorial belief that the attacks are part of a secret US policy to exacerbate fear within the US native population, is your guess as well as mine. What is known, is that ‘believers’ of the ‘truther’ movement feel there is strong evidence to suggest that a hidden hand within the US has engaged in staging a strategic attack. Whose aim is to create fear within the US population, that there are extremist Muslim sleeper cells lying in wait – ready to carry out attacks on US home soil: A belief that ISIS is always quick to promote via its social media accounts (targeted by the Anonymous hackers).

Helping to fuel the conspiracy fire, is emerging news this week about the Obama administration’s possible involvement in purposefully manipulating ‘intelligence reports from Syria and Iraq, allowing the Islamic State group to thrive.’

Those allegations will be investigated by a joint task force of the Armed Services Committee, Intelligence Committee and the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee – and will be led by Republican Reps. Ken Calvert of California, Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Brad Wenstrup of Ohio. According to a joint statement from the task force,

‘In addition to looking into the specific allegations, the Joint Task Force will examine whether these allegations reflect systemic problems across the intelligence enterprise in CENTCOM or any other pertinent intelligence organization.’

Anonymous were also recently in the news for their ongoing campaign against banking institutions as part of its #OpIcarus.


Ray Walsh I am a freelance journalist and blogger from England. I am highly interested in politics and in particular the subject of IR and I am an advocate for freedom of speech, equality and personal privacy. On a more personal level I like to stay active, love snowboarding, swimming and cycling, enjoy seafood and love to listen to trap music.

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5 responses to “Anonymous hack ISIS Twitter after Orlando shootings

  1. The attack wasn’t organized by ISIS but it WAS carried out in the name of ISIS. I wouldn’t worry about this being a false flag, the government and media response so far has been to take the focus off ISIS and pretend this is part of some lingering hatred of gays in the west. The truth is that the government is beginning to lose control of the situation as draconian anti-terrorist laws are being bypassed by lone attackers that can fly under the radar. Admitting the attacks come from ISIS would cause the government to lose face and the trust of its citizens.

    This article from John Robb’s excellent blog gives a good insight into the situation.

    http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/globalguerrillas/2016/06/the-public-pledge-of-the-ritual-shooter-om-in-the-name-of-god-the-merciful-the-beneficial-in-arabic.html

    1. Hi Fuzz,

      Personally, I think it was primarily a homophobic attack (by someone who appears to have been very conflicted about his own sexuality). Different opinions are, of course, available.

  2. “…part of a secret US policy to exasperate fear within the US native population….”

    A better word to use than “exasperate” would be “exacerbate.” Look it up.

    1. Hi Quick Brown Fox,

      Most of our articles are self-edited, and it is easy for a typo to slip in (especially when mis-corrected by a spell checker!).

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