Anonymous has issued a statement saying that it has warned MI5, the CIA, the FBI and the Australian Government of possible multiple attacks by ISIS or ISIS supporters, scheduled for this Sunday, 22 November. The information Anonymous has acquired specifies a number of targets (see full Statement from Anonymous below). So far there has been no formal response from the intelligence services. In the meantime Anonymous continues with its campaign to locate and silence ISIS or ISIS-sympathetic websites and online accounts – see video above.
Anonymous said that the women’s rights demonstration referred to in the Statement had been cancelled as demonstrations are now banned in Paris, and that the event at the Concrete nightclub (also referred to in the Statement) had been “probably canceled.”
[Whether these threats are real or are disinformation (by ISIS) to create panic is, of course, anyone’s guess. Then there is the “Boy who cried wolf” syndrome: Anonymous issues a warning, nothing happens; it issues another warning, nothing happens; it receives a third warning, does not publish but on this occasion the attacks happen. Similarly, if the Anonymous warnings are published by other media, that media is damned if nothing happens; but if that media doesn’t publish and the attacks take place – that media is damned again.]
In the video Anonymous declares its warning to ISIS: “Anonymous from all over the world will hunt you down. You should know that we will find you and we will not let you go.” It adds: “War is declared. Get prepared. The French people are stronger than you and will come out of this atrocity even stronger.”
Over the last few months Anonymous has tracked, hacked, unmasked, and reported on thousands of Twitter accounts that were run by or associated with ISIS. They also brought down around 150 websites Linked to ISIS, 101,000 Twitter accounts and 5,900 propaganda videos.
(Note: given the problems associated with simple word-matching, it remains to be seen how accurate the identification of these sites/accounts has been. No doubt the intelligence services would point out that by taking down these social media sites – useful to monitor – ISIS and affiliates are driven to use more secure facilities.)
The Anonymous statement re 22/11/15:
All proof was submitted to official authorities all around the globe days ago. They have it and it is their responsibility to do something with it. But because they have not done anything with it yet and it’s almost the 22nd, we have taken matters into our hands. We only take the responsibility of warning civilians (in case the authorities do not act well enough).
We have seen and received threats from several (pro-)Daesh accounts, but not just regular threats. These threats were all focussed on one date: the 22nd of November. Our intel team started gathering Intel after having verified the threats and has narrowed all it’s findings down to this pastebin.
This is a warning to anyone going to any of the events listed below or going to any event with a lot of people, church services included – but the risk of any churches outside Paris/France being targeted is low. How large some threats/planned attacks are is for most events unknown. But since one man can kill hundreds in one act we have included events which were threatened by single people too.
Events in Paris that have been confirmed are at risk:
– Demonstration by: “Collectif du droit des femmes” (Group for women’s rights) (Demonstrations are now banned, cancelled)
– Cigales Electroniques with Vocodecks, RE-Play & Rawtor at Le Bizen
– Concrete Invites Drumcode: Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick, Joel Mull.. at Concrete (Probably cancelled)
Events we have received/found threats for, but weren’t 100% confirmed:
– WWE Survival Series (US)
– Feast of Christ the King celebrations (Rome/Worldwide)
– Al-Jihad, 1 Day Juz (Indonesia)
– Five Finger Death Punch (Milan, Italy)
– University Pastoral Day (Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon)
“Threats” aren’t the same as “plans”, even though some threats look like plans it doesn’t mean they are all planned to be executed.
We hope that at these events adding more security will be enough to prevent any possible attacks.
There will be big events worldwide on the 22nd, go at your own risk.
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not Forgive.
We do not Forget.
Report possible threats and talk to us here: http://irc.lc/anonnet/opparis