The hacktivist group Anonymous reportedly took down more than 5,500 Twitter accounts associated with ISIS, just a day after their declaration of war against the militant group.

A spokesman for the group, Alex Poucher, told RT America:

“Our capability to take down ISIS is a direct result of our collective's sophisticated hackers, data miners, and spies that we have all around the world. We have people very, very close to ISIS on the ground, which makes gathering intel about ISIS and related activities very easy for us.”

Poucher added that the hacktivist group “will not sit by and watch these terror attacks unfold around the world.”

Yesterday, Anonymous declared a “total war” on ISIS in response to the deadly attacks in Paris.  Shortly after, ISIS responded, calling the hackers “idiots.”  According to our friends at Newsbreaker, the message came through the encrypted chat service "Telegram" believed to be affiliated with ISIS.  The message reportedly read: "The #Anonymous hackers threatened in a new video release that they will carry out a major hack operation on the Islamic state (are) idiots... what are they going to hack?"

ISIS did admit that Anonymous has managed to hit some email and Twitter accounts.  They’ve gone so far now that they’ve released guidelines to their followers on how to avoid being hacked.  The Telegraph reports these instructions included warnings to us VPN, a tool to make the user’s location online, as well as changing the IP address constantly.

This is turning into a veritable Hackers Vs. Terrorists showdown.   Do you think Anonymous will prevail in hurting ISIS’ operations? Sound off below. 


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