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Hundreds of social media accounts apparently linked to terrorist group ISIS have been shut down. Hacking group Anonymous claimed responsibility for targeting nearly 800 Twitter accounts, 12 Facebook pages and over 50 email addresses because of their links with ISIS (a global terrorist organization based largely in Syria and Iraq).

Source: CNN Money

Date: February 20th, 2015

Link (to paste into browser): http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/10/technology/anonymous-isis-hack-twitter/index.html

Discussion

1) This article hails the fact that a non-governmental, extra-judicial, loosely organized group has hacked into accounts at several publicly listed U.S. companies to prevent user access to sites at that company. It might be easy to support these actions when the content is clearly terrorist related. How should companies respond when merely social-media interactions are targeted by what some might consider a terrorist group?

2) How might the Anonymous group have been able to target these ISIS accounts at Twitter and Facebook, and what does that say about security of non-terrorist related but, say, politically affiliated groups using these companies for their social media?

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