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'Ghost' hacker takes IS Twitter accounts by storm, floods them with porn and pro-gay messages

Wachula Ghost, a hacker with an anti-IS agenda, has been haunting the Twitter accounts of Islamic State supporters, replacing the terror and hate messages with pornographic content.

Close to 160 members of the terrorist group recently found their accounts filled with pictures of nude women and texts that read, “I [heart] porn.”, reports Washington Times.

The hacker's journey began when he bought his first computer at 16, took it home and disassembled it. When he put the machine back together, it refused to run, pushing him to take help from a local big-box store tech guru, who eventually taught the teen how to hack.

ghost_twitterThe teen is now a part of  a community of international activist hackers called ‘Anonymous’, who had declared war against IS post the attacks in France in 2015, reports Deccan Chronicle.

He explained his motives in a telephonic interview conducted by The The Washington Post.

“Daesh (Islamic State) doesn’t like porn,” Ghost told The Washington Post. “They don’t like women in general. We just started using [porn] to poke fun at them and diminish their presence online."

By tweeting sexual content from IS accounts, the Ghost said he wants to weaken the voices of IS recruiters and chase them off of popular social networks, reports the The Washington Post.

"The madder they get, the happier I get," he was reported as saying.

Despite the general appreciation that Ghost seems to be receiving on Twitter for his agenda against the IS, many do not approve of his method. Putting up pornographic content on Twitter, experts say, could hurt the sentiments of a number of communities, and of those who have nothing to do with the IS, says the report.

Ghost admitted that children should not be exposed to pornography, but he reiterated that his “hacktivism” was targeted at Islamic State recruiters and those who look for the group’s propaganda., reports Washington Times.

Ghost has doubled his efforts post the Orlando shooting that killed 50 people. Many of the IS accounts were replaced with gay pride posts as well. The hacker made a list of all the compromised IS accounts called ‘jacked accounts’ on Twitter and the social networking site soon deleted all of them.


Updated Date: Jun 16, 2016 16:49 PM

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