Police and Government 'grateful' to hacktivists Anonymous for declaring online war on ISIS
Hacking collective Anonymous were praised today for targeting ISIS online despite probably breaking the law.
Met anti-terror chief Mark Rowley and Security Minister John Hayes said they were 'grateful' after the hacking group promised to hunt down militant jihadists online following the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Mr Rowley said: 'If they are doing damage to ISIS I'm not going to complain' although he admitted he would prefer they 'stayed within the law'.
'Declarion of war: Anonymous declared cyber war on ISIS (pictured) after the Paris attacks and despite takin part in cyber crime senior officials say they are grateful for the help
Home Affairs Committee Chairman Keith Vaz asked John Hayes: 'A lot of radicalisation happens online. Are you grateful from the support you receive from online activist groups that seek to take down the Twitter accounts of Daesh supporters?
Master spy? Security Minister John Hayes told MP: 'You're not the first person to compare me to James Bond' as they discussed the battle with ISIS
'And having suppressed 10,000 pages of social media work by Daesh, are you grateful for what's happened?'
Mr Hayes replied: 'I am grateful for any of those who are engaged in the battle against this kind of wickedness'.
He called ISIS' online presence is 'immense' and believes it is a key element of the battle with the extremist group.
In one exchange with an MP about espionage he added: 'You're not the first person to compare me to James Bond.
'This is my message. Both as minister and as government. We are certain we are determined we are committed and we are fearless.'
Anonymous' declaration of war came in a video posted on the group's French YouTube page shortly after the Paris attacks, were they warned the terror group to 'expect us', vowing to hunt down those responsible online and expose them.
Wearing the group's signature Guy Fawkes mask, a spokesman says in French: 'Anonymous from all over the world will hunt you down.
'You should know that we will find you and we will not let you go. We will launch the biggest operation ever against you. Expect massive cyber attacks. War is declared. Get prepared.'