IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

Anonymous attacks Islamic extremist website over Charlie Hebdo attack

The hackers took down website ansar-alhaqq.net as part of #OpCharlieHebdo

Offline

The Anonymous hacking group has reportedly brought down an Islamic extremist website as revenge for the Charlie Hebdo attack.

Although not officially claimed by the Anonymous, the imagery being displayed correlates with the masked figure traditionally used as a logo by the hacking collective. 

The mission has been dubbed #OpCharlieHebdo and hopes to bring justice for last week's Paris attack by targeting Islamic extremists.

The first target was ansar-alhaqq.net, a French jihadist website. The website was down for more than an hour and it is believed that Anonymous carried out a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, which floods the victim with fake traffic to make its servers crumble under the requests.

A press release, claiming to be issued by Anonymous, said: "It's obvious that some people don't want, in a free world, this sacrosanct right to express in any way one's opinions. Anonymous has always fought for the freedom of speech, and will never let this right [be] besmirched by obscurantism and mysticism.

"Freedom of speech and opinion is a non-negotiable thing, to tackle it is to attack democracy. Expect a massive frontal reaction from us because the struggle for the defense of those freedoms is the foundation of our movement."

Previously, high-profile websites have been subject to such attacks by Anonymous including Mastercard and PayPal, plus governmental organisations GCHQ, the Home Office and ICO.

Last summer, the group started its campaign against Islamic extremists, taking down Twitter accounts and preventing members communicating to protect the Western World.

Featured Resources

Accelerating AI modernisation with data infrastructure

Generate business value from your AI initiatives

Free Download

Recommendations for managing AI risks

Integrate your external AI tool findings into your broader security programs

Free Download

Modernise your legacy databases in the cloud

An introduction to cloud databases

Free Download

Powering through to innovation

IT agility drive digital transformation

Free Download

Recommended

LockBit 2.0 ransomware disguised as PDFs distributed in email attacks
Security

LockBit 2.0 ransomware disguised as PDFs distributed in email attacks

27 Jun 2022
Anonymous hijacks Russian broadcasts with footage of Ukraine war
hacking

Anonymous hijacks Russian broadcasts with footage of Ukraine war

7 Mar 2022
Hackers use Linux backdoor on compromised e-commerce sites with software skimmer
malware

Hackers use Linux backdoor on compromised e-commerce sites with software skimmer

19 Nov 2021
Iranian hackers ramp up attacks against IT services sector
hacking

Iranian hackers ramp up attacks against IT services sector

19 Nov 2021

Most Popular

LockBit 2.0 ransomware disguised as PDFs distributed in email attacks
Security

LockBit 2.0 ransomware disguised as PDFs distributed in email attacks

27 Jun 2022
Open source giant Red Hat joins HPE GreenLake ecosystem
automation

Open source giant Red Hat joins HPE GreenLake ecosystem

28 Jun 2022
Carnival hit with $5 million fine over cyber security violations
cyber security

Carnival hit with $5 million fine over cyber security violations

27 Jun 2022