Anonymous, a group of online hacktivists, have this week carried out an attack on a France-based website promoting Jihadist content under the banner of #OpCharlieHebdo.
According to HackRead, a web based gateway to the Internet that centers on Technology, IT Security, Surveillance, Cyber Crime & Hacking News, Anonymous had made their intentions clear before conducting the operation.
“Yesterday (January 11, 2015) we reported Anonymous’ plan to conduct cyber attacks on Jihadi websites under the banner of #OpCharlieHebdo, and today (January 11, 2015) the hacktivists have initiated the op by conducting a DDoS attack and shutting down a France based website promoting Jihadi content.” An article by the web based gateway informed.
“Anonymous announced on Saturday that it has taken down the website of Ansar al Haqq (ansar-alhaqq.net) group which was already announced as a Jihadi website by French newspaper in 2013. Ansar-alhaqq.net remained offline for more than an hour but at the time of publishing this article, it was back online.” The article added.
Anonymous had previously announced that it will conduct Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on Jihadi websites to fight for freedom of expression.
DDoS attack is a powerful way to shut down websites, whereby the hacker attempts to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users. In the past, websites like PayPal, MasterCard, Sony and GCHQ were taken down by using DDoS technique.
Another Anonymous affiliate from Belgium published a video in support of #OpCharlieHebdo on Thursday; this shows just how the group is spread out widely.
This is not the first time Anonymous has started an operation like this. Last year, some hackers who claimed affiliation with Anonymous started cyber attacks on countries supporting the ISIS group.
“It is clear that some people do not want, in a free world, this inviolable and sacred right to express in any way one’s opinions. Anonymous will never leave this right violated by obscurantism and mysticism. We will fight always and everywhere the enemies of freedom of speech”, said Anonymous in a press statement.