“I’m gay and I’m proud.” That’s the last thing you’d expect to see on the Twitter account of an Islamic State group supporter. Yet, dozens of ISIS accounts were screaming gay pride Friday — all thanks to the work of a certain hacker who goes by the name WauchulaGhost.
Following the Orlando Pulse gay nightclub tragedy in which a gunman who pledged allegiance to ISIS killed 49 people and injured dozens of others, WauchulaGhost hacked into several accounts belonging to ISIS supporters and unleashed a sea of rainbow upon them.
He told CNNMoney that he’s hacked over 250 accounts so far and usually replaces the jihad-related content with pornography but in the wake of the Orlando shooting, he tweaked his style and left pro-LGBTQ messages and images instead.
“You had all those innocent lives lost,” he said. “I just felt there's something I could do against the Islamic State [group] to defend those people.”
WauchulaGhost said that he identifies himself with the Anonymous group, an international network of hacktivists, and was previously with another hacktivist collective called Ghost Security Group.
He also criticized Twitter for not doing more to shut down such accounts, but he admitted that lately accounts are suspended more quickly, which doesn't give the users enough time to get as many followers.
“We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service,” a Twitter representative told CBS San Francisco Wednesday.
Since mid-2015, Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts, mostly related to ISIS, he added.
The Anonymous group reportedly grew out of the 4chan forum in the late 2000s. It announced its war on the Sunni militant group last year, taking control of almost 100 Twitter accounts following the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.