• Some of the ISIS accounts after they'd been hacked on Twitter. (Twitter)Source: Twitter
Hackers are taking over IS Twitter feeds, replacing messages of terror with ones of gay pride.
By
Sarah Norton

16 Jun 2016 - 1:33 PM  UPDATED 16 Jun 2016 - 1:37 PM

Islamic State (IS) Twitter accounts have been hacked by @WachulaGhost in the wake of the Orlando massacre.

Hundreds of accounts owned by IS supporters have had gay pride slogans and gay porn take over their Twitter feeds, with many profile images being changed to a rainbow with “I’m Gay and I’m Proud" written in text.

The hacker, known as the "Ghost", began hacking the accounts after ISIS praised the Orlando attacks, spreading a message of solidarity with the victims and sending a message that this level of violence will not be tolerated.

The “Ghost” is part of hacking clan Anonymous and started hacking ISIS accounts a few months back. His activity increased after the Orlando shootings at Pulse nightclub.

“The government really hasn’t been doing enough especially on social media,” he told the Washington Post. “You see the beheading images everywhere. Kids get online and shouldn’t see these images.”

“I think we’re there to serve a purpose, at least I know I am,” he told the Post. “My goal waking up in the morning [is to] see messages from Daesh (another word for IS), telling me they’re going to kill me or cut my head off. The madder they get, the happier I get.”

account has tweeted many images, sharing the new-look ISIS accounts with the hashtag #DaeshBags among other anti-IS related tags.

After many accounts were hacked by the "Ghost" on Sunday night, just after the shooting, he added them to a public list called “Jacked accounts”, and Twitter suspended all of them by midday the next day.

Twitter has banned more than 125,000 accounts since 2015 for threatening or promoting terrorism, especially those linked to IS.

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Many have tried to use Orlando to further their anti-Islam agendas. Queers need to work with each other to stop this happening.