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Published 5 September 2014

Among its stated targets are Twitter accounts, Facebook profiles as well as the websites of Islamic extremist groups in Afghanistan and Indonesia.

The online hacktivst group Anonymous has declared that it will be ramping up its online attacks against the Islamic State group on Friday, according to Motherboard.

The group originally declared a cyberwar on the Islamic state in June.

A new twitter campaign was opened last weekend, declaring that the group would “do its part in combating #ISIS's influence in social media, and shut them down.”

The Islamic State have also fought back against the group, with one twitter account @TheAnonMessage being taken over by hackers with the Islamic State.

Anonymous have created the hashtag #No2ISIS to organise the many disparate efforts against the group into one.

An anonymous source confirmed that “many social media accounts have been eliminated, websites destroyed, and other such things.”

"The win comes in tearing down their ability to spread their fear and hate. When we can nip them in the bud all day everyday, that is our win,” the source added. “I find it truly ironic that a bunch of animals seeking to return to the 12th century are using a 21st century medium with no issues."

The Islamic State are well known for their sophisticated use of social media.

The U.S. government has also been attempting an online effort against the group, last week establishing a Facebook page, “Think Again Turn Away”, with the aim to "expose the facts about terrorists and their propaganda."

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