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This article was published on June 15, 2016

ISIS tastes the rainbow after hacker hijacks Twitter accounts with links to gay porn

ISIS tastes the rainbow after hacker hijacks Twitter accounts with links to gay porn
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Several Twitter accounts belonging to the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) were hijacked yesterday and replaced with gay pride messages and links to gay pornography.

A hacker affiliated with Anonymous, WauchulaGhost, first began hijacking the pro-ISIS Twitter accounts months before. In that time, he — in addition to hackers Ebony and Yeti — have taken control of over 200 Twitter accounts belonging to ISIS supporters. Many of these, however, have since been removed by Twitter as part of its on-going mission to remove propaganda accounts.

Following the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando last Friday, the hackers used the hijacked accounts to replace militant propaganda messages and imagery with rainbow flags, pro-LGBT messages and links to same-sex pornography. They want to be clear, however, they weren’t using graphic porn and the intent isn’t to offend Muslims. Instead, their “actions are directed at Jihadist extremists.”

WauchulaGhost told Newsweek:

“I did it for the lives lost in Orlando. Daesh [ISIS] have been spreading and praising the attack, so I thought I would defend those that were lost. The taking of innocent lives will not be tolerated.”

While the hijacked accounts are good for a laugh, this Redditor might have a better idea: