Love ’em or hate ’em, there’s no doubt that the actions of hacktivist group Anonymous have made international headlines. And with activities ranging from the breaking of the Steubenville rape case to its efforts to combat what they deemed police inaction in relation to Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, it’s obvious that Anonymous takes its work very seriously.
Now, the hacktivists have set their sights on righting a global wrong by working to take down ISIS. Their efforts, aimed at derailing hidden communications through the terrorist group’s international network, are currently focused on cutting them off at the knees by shutting down their social media accounts. Since the group’s attacks in Paris late last week, Anonymous has reportedly taken over and closed down more than 20,000 IS social media accounts.
But that’s not nearly enough, which is why they’re asking the public to join them.
In a report by the hacker organization, the internet public has been invited–and even instructed on how–to use their collective powers for good. Three guides have been posted to Anonymous’ IRC channel, ranging in ability level from “newbie” social media user to more advanced. Time considerations were even made; if you have time for more involved work, there’s a guide for you, but if you only have time to track down and report ISIS social media accounts, Anonymous welcomes your contribution as well.
The instructions are there to serve those who wish they could actually make a difference in the wake of the recent attacks. According to a member’s post about the group’s #OpParis movement, “Instead of sitting idle in the [chat] channel or lurking around and doing nothing, you can benefit greatly from the different tools and guides that have been provided to you. Your contribution means a lot and we encourage you to partake in all of the Op’s activities if you can, the more the merrier.”
Links to the how-to guides can be found here–although Anonymous has respectfully asked the readers adhere to using these guides for #OpParis–along with instructions on how to find and remove ISIS accounts, report information back to Anonymous, and more.