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Hacker Floods ISIS-Related Twitters With Pro-LGBT Messages, Porn

A hacker identifying with the group Anonymous has been trolling ISIS-related Twitter accounts, flooding them with explicit gay porn and rainbow flags, and sending fake “coming out” Tweets from users who support the terrorist group.

Following suggestions that the mass shooting in Orlando was inspired by ISIS, a self-identified Anonymous hacker who goes by the name WauchulaGhost took control of what had been pro-ISIS accounts.

"These attacks are getting too close to home," the hacker, who didn't share any identifying information, told NBC News in an email interview. "Social media isn't doing enough to keep this virus off the internet. It was just a little something to let all know there are people here willing to stand up and defend those who can not."

For its part, Twitter has cracked down on suspected terrorism-related profiles. Last year it suspended over 125,000 accounts, after widespread criticism over the platform's role as an enabler in the dissemination of ISIS propaganda.

WauchulaGhost's recent hacks seem to have been inspired by a segment on the Kyle Kulinski radio talk show “Secular Talk,” in which the eponymous host applauds Anonymous’ hacks earlier this week. In those attacks, the hacktivist group flooded ISIS-related Twitter accounts with images of pornography and changed some users’ avatars into “I Heart Porn” graphics. Kulinski suggested on his show that such messages might be more effective if they were gay porn.

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“Love it bro, you just gave me an idea and that’s not usually good, lulz,” responded WauchulaGhost on his Twitter account. Shortly afterwards, he replaced messages of support for the Orlando shooter with gay pride tweets such as "I'm gay and I'm proud," altered the ISIS flag into a NSFW goat-related graphic, and peppered the profiles with graphic gay sex videos.

As for the ease with which he accomplished these hacks, WauchulaGhost said, “Once I target an account, I can be in it within 60 seconds.” He told NBC News that even though ISIS groups had "stepped up their #OpSec," they "know how to Google rather well, but that's it."

Twitter said in a statement that it "condemn(s) 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."