Anonymous’ biggest operation ever, #OpParis, has a new weapon – Rickrolling. After taking down 5500 social media accounts related to the terrorist group, the hacktivists have adopted rickrolling to disrupt ISIS militants from communicating with each other on social media.
Our upcoming action: spamming verified ISIS hashtags with rickrolls. Will release the list as soon as it’s compiled.
— #OpParis (@OpParisOfficial) November 18, 2015
According to Bloomberg, Anonymous are using the age-old rickrolling meme – in which a person pretends to hyperlink to one site but instead links to the video for Rick Astley’s 1987 song “Never Gonna Give You Up” – to disrupt the terrorist group’s efforts to create threads and trending topics on social media.
Among the group’s strategies is finding out and flooding all hashtags that are used by ISIS and potential recruits and spamming them with memes and rickroll videos, so that they become unusable and extremists find it harder to communicate.
— #OpParis (@OpParisOfficial) November 23, 2015
#OpParis supporters have also taken to calling members of the group “Daeshbags”.
— Anonymous (@AnonPratak) November 23, 2015
— OpMopUpISIS_Japan (@jovi_anon) November 19, 2015
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