Well, somebody had to do it. The perpetual thorn in the side of most of the civilized world, Anonymous, the hacking collective that regularly makes a mess of the computer systems of local governments and more that they perceive to be causing ill around the world, declared war on the Islamic State following the terrorist attacks in Paris Friday night stating that:
“Yesterday, Friday November 13, 2015, our country France was attacked in Paris at around 10 pm by multiple terrorists claimed by you, ISIS.
“These attacks cannot remain unpunished, hence the reason why the anonymous from all over the world will hunt you down, as we did since the attack on Charlie Hebdo.
“Therefore, be prepared for a massive retaliation from Anonymous. Be advised that we will find you and will not let you go; we are going to launch the biggest operation ever against you.
“Expect many cyber attacks. War has been declared. Get ready. The French people are stronger than you and will come out of this atrocity even stronger.
“Anonymous presents its condolences to the family of all the fallen victims. We are the Anonymous. We don’t forgive and we don’t forget.”
The message was delivered in French with an individual wearing Anonymous’ signature Guy Fawkes mask via youtube video. Several online outlets have shared the message with only one asking if this is a hoax.
The reality is that until the western governments get serious about fighting ISIS in the ruthless guerrilla methods that they employ – and that Anonymous employs without the constraint of arbitrary law – the resistance is up to the people just like it was in World War II. If that means crippling cyber attacks have to come from an outlaw group like Anonymous, then that is welcome.
ISIS is not going away, and the longer the western governments pussy foot around closing boarders and profiling the worse it is going to get, especially in places where gun control reigns. So, for once, good for Anonymous.