Not long after ISIS terrorists launched a coordinated attack in Paris that left 129 people dead, hacker group Anonymous launched a digital war against the organization, shutting down websites and Twitter accounts being used to recruit as well as communicate and coordinate attacks.
Now Anonymous is setting their sights on a slightly different target, accusing a startup company from America of allegedly helping ISIS.
Here are more details from Business Insider:
After last week’s deadly terrorist attacks in Paris linked to ISIS, the hacking collective Anonymous has declared war on the militant group — and a Silicon Valley startup has fallen in the firing line.
CloudFlare is a service that helps websites stay online in the face of overwhelming traffic. It acts as an intermediary or filter and is a vital protection against DDoS attacks (in which someone sends huge amounts of traffic at a site in an attempt to make it collapse under the weight).
The six-year-old company doesn’t discriminate when it comes to picking customers. It has even been accused of protecting dozens websites affiliated with ISIS — and has come under fire from some members of Anonymous as a result.
CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince has now hit back at his critics, suggesting that Anonymous is being hypocritical, given that many of its members apparently use the service.
“I did see a Twitter handle said that they were mad at us,” he told The Register. “I’d suggest this was armchair analysis by kids — it’s hard to take seriously. Anonymous uses us for some of its sites, despite pressure from some quarters for us to take Anonymous sites offline.”
He added: “Even if we were hosting sites for ISIS, it wouldn’t be of any use to us … I should imagine those kinds of people pay with stolen credit cards and so that’s a negative for us.”
Whether or not CloudFlare is guilty of actually helping ISIS or not, one thing’s for sure.
Anonymous is likely causing a massive disruption in the terror group’s plans, leaving them frustrated and could be potentially delaying attacks, which is definitely not a bad thing.
Let’s hope our government gets off its rear end and actually takes some action both on the physical battlefield as well as the digital one to put an end to ISIS reign of terror.