Anonymous video message.
(photo credit: screenshot)
Aiming to impede the functioning of the Islamic State group's online presence, activist hackers affiliated with the Anonymous collective recently used a certain drug known for dealing with another type of dysfunction, in a virtual campaign against the terrorists.
According to numerous reports, programmers from the hacking team GhostSec employed the weapon of mockery and overran a website linked to ISIS supporters with ads for the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra and the anti-depressant Prozac.
Hacktivists from the Anonymous off-shoot that targets Islamic extremist groups took over the Isdarat website after it appeared on the so-called "dark web," where traffic is anonymized and cannot be reached by conventional search engines.
"Too much ISIS," read a message that appeared alongside the pharmaceutical advertisements on the hacked site. "Enhance your calm. Too many people are into this ISIS-stuff. Please gaze upon this lovely ad so we can upgrade our infrastructure to give you ISIS content you all so desperately crave."
Before the website was shut down, the ads reportedly facilitated the actual purchase of the drugs using the digital currency Bitcoin, according to Yahoo! Finance.
Following the deadly November 13 attacks in Paris claimed by Islamic State, Anonymous declared cyber war
Anonymous purportedly uploaded a video to social media on November 14, featuring a man donning a Guy Fawkes mask and condemning the Islamic State operatives who claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks as "vermin" vowing the hacktivists would hunt them down.
According to Reuters, the group says it has identified more than 39,000 suspected IS profiles and reported them to Twitter. It claims to have had more than 25,000 of these accounts suspended, while nearly 14,000 more on the targeted list remain active, according to a list posted to a site calling itself Lucky Troll Club.