In an unprecedentedly innovative way of practising warfare, the IDF and Hamas took to twitter to trade threats as they battled one another on the ground. After a series of retaliations and rebuttals, and live-tweeting from those affected by the fighting, Israel threatened to cut the electricity used by the people of Gaza. Hacktivist group Anonymous responded immediately through twitter to express their outrage:
“We are #ANONYMOUS and NO ONE shuts down the Internet on our watch.”
In response to the fighting and the loss of human life, Anonymous and sister group Telecom began assembling care packages to the people of Gaza with instructions on how to remain safe, with medical information and first aid tips for those injured included, as well as files with instructions for configuring and using a dial-up connection through drop-box in case of an internet blackout and links to live-stream footage of the shelling on the ground.
They have also called out for multi-lingual speakers to translate documents from English to Arabic. As for their usual tactics, they have launched Operation Israel: Defacing a number of Israeli government backed websites in retaliation for blacking out the internet in Gaza. Why? I quote from one of their tweets:
#ANONYMOUS and NO ONE shuts down the Internet on our watch.”