In wake of the recent terror attacks in Paris, hacktivist group Anonymous vowed to expose those responsible by waging a cyber war on Islamic State. The group has now published series of helpful guides for novice and pro users to help identify and attack websites and social media accounts of Isis. Anonymous is also urging the people to participate in their biggest ever operation called #OpParis (or Operation Paris).
The how-to guides, divided into three parts, were published on an IRC channel, and include a complete do-it-yourself (DIY) to quickly learn the basics of hacking regardless of the participant's current computer skills. The first guidem called a "NoobGuide", is for those who wish to learn hacking. Then there's a "Reporter" guide that explains how to set up a Twitter bot to expose IS accounts. Finally, the "Searcher" guide helps find Isis websites.
"Instead of sitting idle in the [chat] channel or lurking around and doing nothing, you can benefit greatly from the different tools and guides that have been provided to you. Your contribution means a lot and we encourage you to partake in all of the Op's activities if you can, the more the merrier," wrote a member of Anonymous.
The guides give detailed instructions on how to carry out cyberattacks against Isis websites using distributed denial of service (DDoS) and man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks. There are necessary links in the guides that provide access to tools needed for the attacks. But the hacktivist group has requested users not to use them unless instructed.
Here's a guide Anonymous wants you to follow and help find and report Isis websites: (via IBTimes UK)
1. Get Python at https://www.python.org/downloads/ unless you already have it (Mac does)
2. Open Terminal (or Command Prompt for Windows) and type (without quotes) "python"
3. Now, this step requires a little explanation. Let's set this out neatly, shall weâ€¦
Â· Copy the contents of the following link to your clipboard: https://ghostbin.com/paste/oo4tb
Â· The contents of that link are some search terms that relate to ISIS and their content, allowing you to narrow down the results to specific ones
Â· Paste the strings into the Terminal and press Enter
4. Choose a couple of strings (3 recommended) from the list of strings. For this example we will use strings 3+38+46
5. Once chosen, continue in terminal (without quotes) "print(str3+str38+str42)" and copy the results
6. Paste the results in https://www.google.iq and analyze the new results To translate pages, it is recommended to use Google Chrome, which has integrated translation.
7. Submit any valid ones to one of the channel operators and we will deal with the info accordingly.
Anonymous started the OpParis campaign to take down IS presence online, a key platform used by the terror group to recruit new members. IS dismissed Anonymous' effort by referring them as "idiots" who just know how to "hack email and Twitter accounts." As it turns out, the practice has been found to be more effective in shutting down more than 5,500 Twitter accounts linked to Jihadists as well as a recruitment site for the terrorists.