This Is The Hacker Taking The Fight To ISIS
A hacker by the name of WauchulaGhost is doing his/her part in battling the terrorist group ISIS where it has a dominant presence: online.
Terrorist groups like ISIS are notorious for maintaining a strong social media presence to spread their propaganda and recruit new members. Over the past month, WauchulaGhost has hacked over 250 accounts on Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) that have been linked with ISIS members.
The hacker replaces ISIS' terrorist ideology and content with pornography and gay pride messages — an act that is even more meaningful following the terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, in which a gunman pledged allegiance to ISIS and massacred 49 people at a gay club.
Once an account is hacked, ISIS' black flags are replaced with rainbows and gay couples embracing. The hacker has a network of people across the world willing to help him however possible, including translating conversations to and from Arabic.
"There was a few of us... that discovered a vulnerability," the hacker told CNNMoney. "We thought, 'Hey let's go start taking their accounts ... and [start] humiliating them.'"
The hacker also criticized social media companies, including Twitter, for not doing enough to shut down the accounts linked to Terrorist groups. For its part, Twitter told CNN Money it has suspended over 125,000 accounts related to ISIS sine the middle of 2015.
"Sometimes you have to stand up for what you believe in," he told CNNMoney. "If you want change, you have to make that change, even if it means doing something illegal."
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