MOSCOW, January 10 (Sputnik) – Following the Charlie Hebdo attack in which 12 people, including eight journalists were killed, the hacker group Anonymous released a video and a statement via Twitter condemning the attacks.
In a YouTube video posted on Thursday the group’s spokesperson, wearing Guy Fawkes mask and talking in French, said, "We will track you down — every last one — and will kill you."
"You will not impose your sharia law in our democracies; we will not let your stupidity kill our liberties and our freedom of expression. We have warned you; expect your destruction," the spokesperson added, mocking Jihadists sensitivity towards offensive images of The Prophet illustrated in Hebdo’s cartoons.
The Anonymous pronouncement evoked varied reactions on social media. On Facebook, Afghan native Khalil Nouri warned of the consequences of trying to "kill fire with fire," while asking if Anonymous was possibly fueling a, "clash of civilizations," reports Huffington Post.
One Anonymous supporter was taken aback by the violent response, doubting that the group would follow through with such a threat.
Anonymous is a group consisting of activists and hackers who claim to defend and protect democracy. They have carried out a number of cyber-attacks before shutting down government, religious, and corporate websites by distributed denial-of-service.