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Hackers from Anonymous take down French jihadist website for Operation Charlie Hebdo

The announcement for the operation came on January 7.

By Thor Benson
Hackers from Anonymous take down French jihadist website for Operation Charlie Hebdo
Hooded man. (UPI/Shutterstock/Pete Sherrard)

PARIS, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The hacker-activist group Anonymous has launched a mission against Islamic extremists, and they recently temporarily took down a French jihadist website.

"Freedom of speech and opinion is a non-negotiable thing, to tackle it is to attack democracy," they wrote in the press release for #OpCharlieHebdo. "Expect a massive frontal reaction from us because the struggle for the defense of those freedoms is the foundation of our movement."

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Saturday, they posted an image on Twitter showing the website ansar-alhaqq.net was offline. An hour later, the website was back up, according to Mashable. The website has been described as a French jihadist website, and it is known as a hot bed for extremist views.

The hacker group hasn't announced how they took down the website, but it is suspected that they did it with a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. This kind of attack involves flooding a website with a lot of traffic at the same time, which overloads the servers running the website and takes it offline, at least temporarily.

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