Members of the notorious hacker group Anonymous have set their sights on taking down Facebook. They have even set a date, November 5th.
The announcement was made in a YouTube video and sites allegations of privacy infringement. Anonymous members accuse Facebook of selling information to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms so they can spy on people from all around the world.
"Everything you do on Facebook stays on Facebook regardless of your 'privacy' settings, and deleting your account is impossible, even if you 'delete' your account, all your personal info stays on Facebook and can be recovered at any time," the statement reads. "Changing the privacy settings to make your Facebook account more "private" is also a delusion. Facebook knows more about you than your family."
The chilling video, a two-minute warning and explanation using a computerized voice, begins: "Attention citizens of the world, your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed."
Anonymous, whose members have been known to wear Guy Fawkes masks - copying the film V for Vendetta - when they appear in public, has launched what it calls 'Operation Facebook'. It has pledged to bring down Facebook on November 5 - Bonfire Night - which commemorates the day in 1605 when Guy Fawkes tried to blow up Parliament.
Recently fourteen members of Anonymous have been arrested by FBI agents on charges related to their alleged involvement in the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against online payment processor PayPal late last year. Further arrests and indictments are expected as authorities continue their investigations into other Anonymous attacks.
The Village Voice was actually one of the first to discover the Anonymous statement and brings up a very good point: killing Facebook for the sake of preserving privacy by a group of people who routinely steal private information is awfully ironic. How can the group be so adamant about privacy if they themselves are responsible for the theft of private information?
Anonymous said November 5th “will go down in history.” It added, “One day you will look back on this and realize what we have done here is right, you will thank the rulers of the internet, we are not harming you but saving you.”
Even though Anonymous has had success in hacking some major websites in the past, it’s questionable that it would be successful against Facebook. It might not have been the smartest idea to give Facebook several months to prepare for an attack. Many believe it will be extremely unlikely Facebook would be brought down, but when you’re talking about a group of hackers with motivation and disdain, you can never be certain.
UPDATED: Video has since been removed by user. Please find the Anonymous Threat video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6crH8qmyZ8