Anonymous Hacker Group Vows to Shut Down Jihadist Websites to Avenge Charlie Hebdo Attacks

January 9, 2015 Updated: July 18, 2015

The Anonymous hacker group has published a video condemning the Paris attacks in which 12 people were killed, and vowed to exact revenge on those behind the massacre.

Gunmen stormed into the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly, on Wednesday, killing 12 and wounding others.

Now Anonymous says, to avenge the deaths, it is “declaring war against you, the terrorists.”

The video the group released is described as “a message for al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and other terrorists,” and was uploaded to the group’s Belgian account.

A figure wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, one of the group’s main symbols, sits in front of a desk in the video. On the screen is the hashtag #OpCharlieHebdo, which stands for Operation Charlie Hebdo.

The group will shut down all accounts on social networks related to terrorists around the world in reaction to the deaths, the figure says. 

The group also posted a statement on PasteBin, labeled “message to the enemies of freedom of expression,” vowing to take down websites belonging to terrorists.

While vowing action, the group also relayed their condolences to the families of the victims.

“We are all affected by the deaths of Cabu, Charb, Tignous and Wolinski, and their drawings that showed their talent, and how they died for freedom. We do not forget the other victims killed in the attack, and those who are still fighting to stay alive,” the group said.

“It is clear that some people do not want a free world, this inviolable and sacred right that people have to express their opinions.

“Anonymous will never leave this right violated. We will fight always and everywhere the enemies of freedom of expression.”

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