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Anonymous says it took down 5,550 Islamic State Twitter accounts

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Amy R. Connolly
Demonstrators wearing Guy Fawkes masks prepare to march in the Million Mask March, an anti-establishment protest expected to take part today in over 670 cities worldwide, in Washington, D.C. on November 5, 2015. The march, allegedly organized by Anonymous, the “hacktivist” group linked to cyber-attacks against governments and multi-national corporations, aims at protesting government overreach and corporate greed, among other grievances. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Demonstrators wearing Guy Fawkes masks prepare to march in the Million Mask March, an anti-establishment protest expected to take part today in over 670 cities worldwide, in Washington, D.C. on November 5, 2015. The march, allegedly organized by Anonymous, the “hacktivist” group linked to cyber-attacks against governments and multi-national corporations, aims at protesting government overreach and corporate greed, among other grievances. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Hacker group Anonymous said it has taken down 5,500 Twitter accounts linked to the Islamic State days after declaring war on the militant group.

The loose collective of hackers said "OpParis," or Operation Paris, the team that launched the digital assault on the IS, is collecting the details from the accounts, verifying them through a "trusted individual" and will be turning over the information to authorities.

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The hacker group also created three guides to help others aid in the effort. The Noob Guide gives basic information about beginning hacking techniques. The other two, the Reporter Guide and the Searcher Guide are specifically targeted to more detailed hacks. The group is encouraging the general public to follow the directions and uncover IS accounts.

The group declared war on the IS -- also identified as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh -- in response to the deadly attacks on Paris that left 129 dead. The IS responded by calling them "idiots" and offered guidance to its followers to avoid cyberattacks from Anonymous.

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