The hacktivist group Anonymous set its sights on presidential frontrunner Donald Trump this week following the candidate’s call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration.
In a video posted to YouTube Wednesday, Anonymous issued a stark warning to the real estate mogul, alleging his comments bolstered the agenda of the Islamic State.
(Original video removed. New upload below)
“Donald Trump, it has come to our attention that you want to ban all Muslims from entering the United States,” the video states. “This policy is going to have a huge impact. This is what ISIS wants. The more Muslims feel sad, the more ISIS feels they can recruit them.”
“Donald Trump, think twice before you speak anything. You have been warned, Donald Trump.”
The campaign, known as #OpTrump, began with a DDoS (distributed-denial-of-service) attack Wednesday evening against the website for New York City’s Trump Tower.
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According to the Mirror, the site was taken down for at least an hour before eventually being brought back online. As of today, the Trump site, which has added DDoS protection by CloudFlare, appears to be unavailable.
Although the campaign against Trump has received widespread media coverage, the popularity of #OpTrump among hackers remains unclear given its infancy and the decentralized nature of Anonymous.