Anonymous is proving relentless in its quest to fuck with the Islamic State. On Monday, the hacker collective announced that this Friday (Dec 11.) is officially "ISIS trolling day" for everyone on the internet.
What exactly does that mean? As usual, the plan is to hack Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts belonging to members of ISIS and disrupt the platforms that the terrorist group relies on for propaganda and recruitment. But this time, there's an IRL component as well: Anonymous plans to stage demonstrations with hundreds of followers in nine major cities in North America and Europe.
In the announcement, posted under the title "The World Against ISIS For December 11" on GhostBin, the group urges everyone to join in on the fun: "Do not think you have to be apart of Anonymous, anyone can do this and does not require any special skills." This is followed by a list of suggestions, including:
- Post photos of goats on social media while mentioning ISIS members with captions talking about their wives
- Post photos of captured ISIS members and mock them
- While using hashtags that ISIS members regularly use, post photos of dead terrorists.
- Print out photos that mock ISIS and spread them around in your city
"You may be wondering why we are 'trolling' Isis [sic] and planning all these demonstrations against Isis. But to understand that you must first see how Isis works," Anonymous writes:
They thrive off of fear they hope that by their actions they can silence all of us and get us to just lay low and hide in fear. But what many forget and even they do is that there are many more people in the world against them than for them. And that is the goal of this mass uprising, on December 11th we will show them that we are not afraid,we will not just hide in our fear, we are the majority and with our strength in numbers we can make a real difference. We will mock them for the idiots they are.
This latest call to arms comes several weeks after Anonymous declared war on ISIS in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris that left 130 dead. ISIS retaliated by calling the hacker group "idiots" and then quickly fired off instructions to its members on how to protect themselves from being hacked.
It's unclear how this uprising will actually play out given Anonymous' inconsistent campaigns in the past. Either way, we'll be grabbing some popcorn and pulling up a chair come Friday.