The masked hacktivist group Anonymous has launched an “operation” aimed at tracking down any extremists linked to the Nice terror attack. Members of the shadowy hacking group have declared the beginning of #OPNice, the name for its new campaign. After 84 people were killed in the latest terrorist atrocity, Anonymous released a statement vowing to “neutralise anyone who would attack our freedom”. Anonymous has spent much of the past year locked in online combat with ISIS in a bid to silence its social media propaganda machine and disrupt digital recruitment efforts.
‘Expect a total mobilisation’: The Anonymous statement in full
“To defend our values and our freedom, we’re tracking down members of the terrorist group responsible for these attacks, we will not give up, we will not forgive, and we’ll do all that is necessary to end their actions.
“During the attacks of Paris and Brussels , we had already expressed our determination to neutralise anyone who would attack our freedom.
“We’ll be doing the same now, because of the recent attacks.
“We therefore ask you to gather and to defend these ideals.
“Expect a total mobilisation on our part.
“This violence should not weaken us. It has to give us the strength to come together and fight tyranny”