Pro-ISIS, Other Muslim Hackers Declare Cyber Jihad; Under #OpFrance, 20,000 French Websites Attacked, Including Gov’t, Military; Hackers, Supporters Celebrate On Twitter: Mocking Pope, Statue Of Liberty, ‘Coming To Crush The Cross’ And ‘Your Freedom,’ Tweeting Images From ISIS Beheadings

January 16, 2015

cjl0116

Background

Muslims hacktivist groups have launched a massive hacking operation to target thousands of French website in retaliation for the cartoons published by the satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo. The operation was dubbed #opFrance and participants include Fallaga Team from Tunisia, the United Islamic Cyber Force, the C7 Crew, Mauritania Attacker, AnonGhost, Middle East Cyber Army (MECA), and CyberCaliphate.

Some 20,000 French websites were subject to cyber-attacks as part of #opFrance, ranging from military regiments to small business such as pizza shops, mostly using DDoS attacks. Users on Twitter also announced hacks of the University of Toulouse, the French Ministry of Economy, Finance, and Industry, the National Marine Resources Center, banks, and more.

The hackers also targeted French members of Anonymous, which had previously launched its own #OpCharlieHebdo, which targeted jihadi websites. A video posted on YouTube shows Tunisian hackers gaining access to the Facebook page of a French member of Anonymous (see here).

Hacker Groups, Users Promote #OpFrance On Twitter

On Twitter, the hacker groups and other users began calling for the operation several days ago, using hashtags such as #OpFrance and #HellforHebdoPigs. One user wrote on January 10: “#OpFrance Muslims hacking the enemies of Allah!” The United Islamic Cyber Force tweeted: “We are not declared a war [sic.] but we just DEFEND our religion!” On January 9, the Middle East Cyber Army tweeted: “#OPFRANCE DECIDED !! WE ARE MUSLIMS AND WE WILL NOT LET ANYONE TO HUMILIATE US !!! #OPFRANCE WILL START ON 15th OF JANUARY !!!” On January 15, they tweeted: “TODAY IS THE DAY 15/01/2015 !!!! THE DAY #OPFRANCE IS LAUNCHED !!!! EXPECT MASS DEFACES TODAY AND BIG BIG SURPRISES WITHIN THE OPERATION !!”

Following are a collection of tweets from #OpFrace:

The C7 Crew

cjl01161 

Fallaga Team

cjl01162

Mauritania Attacker

cjl01163

United Islamic Cyber Force

cjl01164

United Islamic Cyber congratulating CyberCaliphate for hacking the U.S. Armed Forces Central Command (CENTCOM) Twitter and YouTube accounts

cjl01165

cjl01166
Using the hashtag #HellForCharlieHebdo

cjl01167

Announcing United Islamic Cyber Force has joined #OpFrance

cjl01168

United Islamic Cyber Force reporting on its various hacks

cjl01169

“We are not declared a war but we just DEFEND our religion!!”

AnonGhost

cjl011610
List of websites hacked by AnonGhost

cjl011611

 Twitter users reporting hacks by AnonGhost

Middle East Cyber Army (MECA)

cjl011612

cjl011613

cjl011614
Using hashtags #AL_AQSA_IN_OUR_HEART and #AL_AQSA_WE_ARE_COMING

cjl011615
Announcing hack of BNP Paribas Bank

cjl011616
Announcing hack of National Marine Resources Center

cjl011617
List of sites hacked by MECA

cjl011618
Announcing the start of #OpFrance

cjl011619
MECA Facebook page


Video announcing #OpFrance posted on the MECA Facebook page on January 13, 2015 

image005

image002

image003

image004

image001

image006

Source: Arabcrunch.com, January 15, 2015; Twitter.com, January 9-15, 2015; Facebook.com/Middle.East.Cyber.Army.4, January 13, 2015.