Sometimes fake news can be a good thing and so is the case with online ISIS or Daesh accounts.
A group of six hackers from Iraq are using pornographic images and spreading the fake news to fight the oppressors. The group called Daeshgram, a mix of “Daesh” and “Instagram”, hacks into the terrorist group’s official communication channels and spreads pornography and fake news to fool their followers.
In order to make all of their posts look legitimate, the hackers studied the methods and ways on how Daesh created propaganda on social media and similar websites. The activities were the result of months spent studying the extremist group’s online messages to accurately mimic the way they posted.
In one troll, the Iraqi hackers added pornographic content on an ISIS announcement post about a new base in Syria. The edited video resulted in a bunch of ISIS supporters sitting in a dimly lit room watching pornography. In another mockery, DaeshGram released an audio message informing the ISIS supporters that a radio station under ISIS was bombed.
The hacking group also hit ISIS’ news agency, Amaq, with a distributed denial-of-service attack. After they hacked Amaq’s servers, DaeshGram filled the website with fake news and questioned the propaganda set by ISIS.
One of the DaeshGram hackers told Newsweek: “Our intention was to flood the market with fake Amaq content in order to dilute the credibility of Amaq, a so-called news agency.”
The Amaq hack resulted in its supporters telling fellow supporters not to trust any of the links as they are fake and can let viruses enter their devices. It sparked controversy and confusion as supporters scrambled to understand which information was real and who was betraying them.
While experts claim DaeshGram’s fight against ISIS is limited to annoying posts and messages, the hackers say the information they are creating is helping build a level of distrust among its members.
“We wanted Daesh to know that we are inside their groups to create a level of paranoia and distrust. Many Daesh clicked on it and saw it as fake. The odd thing is that when Daesh marked the content as fake, even more, Daesh clicked on it to understand why a genuine looking link and content is fake,” the hackers argued.