Members of the hacktivist collective Anonymous hacked into the Twitter accounts of self-proclaimed Islamic State group militants and replaced photos with porn, rainbows and signs of solidarity with the Orlando shooting victims.
“The madder they get, the happier I get,” said one of the hackers, who goes by the alias WauchulaGhost, to the Washington Post. He said that he started hacking Islamic State group accounts a few months ago, but that he wanted to show his support after the attack that claimed the lives of 49 partygoers at a gay nightclub, since “shit is getting too close to home,” he told Newsweek.
The hacks, which continued until Tuesday, included content from links to gay porn sites and the CIA, confessions to being gay or porn aficionados and tributes to the Orlando victims.
“One thing I do want to say is we aren’t using graphic porn and our purpose is not to offend Muslims,” WachulaGhost told Newsweek. “Our actions are directed at Jihadist extremists. Many of our own (Anonymous members) are Muslim and we respect all religions that do not take innocent lives.”
He is partnering with other hackers to continue the campaign, adding each target to a list of “Jacked accounts”—which he said reached nearly 200—which Twitter then takes down.
It has already suspended the accounts of over 125,000 extremist accounts since 2015, but WachulaGhost said that more should be done. He tweeted Tuesday that Twitter must be “stalking me” since it shut down an account as he was accessing it.
Some snapshots of the hacked accounts: