Anonymous Threatens to "Kill Facebook"
By Joseph D. Lienjdlien. Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:01:04 AM
The hacktivist group known as Anonymous is at it again! This time they are speaking out against Facebook and threatening to shut it down.
An announcement video posted recently on YouTube claims that Anonymous will "kill Facebook" on November 5th -- which is also known as Guy Fawkes Night in some countries. This is significant because Guy Fawkes has become something of a mascot for Anonymous.
Anonymous claims that Facebook has become seriously invasive and that the company sells information that could be used for not-so-nice purposes by government agencies. Due to this and other factors, they claim that they will somehow shut down the site.
I am assuming that by "kill Facebook" they simply mean that they are orchestrating a massive denial of service attack on the website that will make it inaccessible for some period between hours and days... although this could mean that they have discovered a more substantial vulnerability and can somehow delete data off their servers and such.
Although the claims of the invasion of privacy Facebook perpetrates may be somewhat overblown, this announcement, and the subsequent attack on November 5th (should it proceed) may serve to bring some of these issues to light, and could possibly even motivate companies like Facebook to exercise greater caution and stringency with how they handle user data.
A transcription of the announcement and the original video are below.Operation Facebook
DATE: November 5, 2011.
Twitter : https://twitter.com/OP_Facebook
Attention citizens of the world,
We wish to get your attention, hoping you heed the warnings as follows:
Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed. If you are a willing hacktivist or a guy who just wants to protect the freedom of information then join the cause and kill facebook for the sake of your own privacy.
Facebook has been selling information to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms so that they can spy on people from all around the world. Some of these so-called whitehat infosec firms are working for authoritarian governments, such as those of Egypt and Syria.
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. Changing the privacy settings to make your Facebook account more "private" is also a delusion. Facebook knows more about you than your family. http://www.physorg.com/news170614271.htmlhttp://itgrunts.com/2010/10/07/facebook-steals-numbers-and-data-from-your-iph....
You cannot hide from the reality in which you, the people of the internet, live in. Facebook is the opposite of the Antisec cause. You are not safe from them nor from any government. One day you will look back on this and realise what we have done here is right, you will thank the rulers of the internet, we are not harming you but saving you.
The riots are underway. It is not a battle over the future of privacy and publicity. It is a battle for choice and informed consent. It's unfolding because people are being raped, tickled, molested, and confused into doing things where they don't understand the consequences. Facebook keeps saying that it gives users choices, but that is completely false. It gives users the illusion of and hides the details away from them "for their own good" while they then make millions off of you. When a service is "free," it really means they're making money off of you and your information.
Think for a while and prepare for a day that will go down in history. November 5 2011, #opfacebook . Engaged.
This is our world now. We exist without nationality, without religious bias. We have the right to not be surveilled, not be stalked, and not be used for profit. We have the right to not live as slaves.
We are anonymous
We are legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget