The Islamic State militant group responded to Anonymous’ declaration of “total war,” calling the hacker group “idiots” while offering guidance to followers to prevent cyberattacks.
The militant group, communicating via a channel on Telegram — a messaging app — warned its followers to not open any website links unless they are sure of the source. The group also warned followers to avoid talking on Telegram or through Twitter direct messaging and to change Internet protocol addresses continually.
“The #Anonymous hackers threatened in new video release that they will carry out a major hack operation on the Islamic state (idiots),” the statement, posted in Arabic and English, read in part.
“What they gonna hack?,” the IS said, noting Anonymous’ hacks have been limited to IS-affiliated Twitter accounts and email.