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Anonymous Plans November 5th Facebook Attack – Needs to be Stopped

Posted by J Powers at 10:27 AM on August 10, 2011

The following message showed up on YouTube. I have transcribed:

Attention citizens of the world. We are anonymous. We wish to get your attention hoping you heed the warnings as follows. Your medium of communication that you all so dearly adore will be destroyed. If you are a willing activist, 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 they can spy on people from all around the world.

Some of these so-called “White hot infosec” firms are working for a formatarian governments such as those of Egypt and Seria. 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 even a dilusion. Facebook knows more about you than your family. You cannot hide from the reality in which you – the people of the internet – live in facebook – is the opposite of the anti-sec cause.

You’re not safe from them nor any government.

One day you will look back on this and realize what we have done here is right. Think for a while and prepare for a day that will go down in history.
November 5th 2011. We are anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive, we do not forget. Expect us.

Why Nov 5th, 2011?

Guy Fawkes Mask

Guy Fawkes Mask

This is Guy Fawkes Day, which commemorates when Fawkes and others placed explosives under the British House of Lords in 1605. Fawkes is the mask Anonymous wears. Therefore, they chose this date to bring a social network down.

Joke or Reality?

That is tough to say. Anonymous is an established group, so the attempt can be taken a little more serious. Since we don’t know who makes up this group, it makes this harder to determine. For all we know, several of the members used to work for Facebook. Possibly even a programmer that might have created a secure back door to initiate this attack.

Bottom Line: This Needs to be Stopped!

This is a terrorist action and Anonymous should be treated as such. There is a famous term that most of us take to heart – We shall not succumb to terrorist threat. Violence does not beget violence.

If Facebook is doing what Anonymous says, then they need to be prosecuted in a court of law. No one group gets to decide their fate.

What will be next? Google+? Twitter? Your website?

Zero Tollerance – FBI Needs to Get Involved.

Think about it – You take down a giant in Facebook like that and it has a major economic effect. People build business around Facebook and with the site forcefully taken down like that, people can literally lose millions. Bringing in a new financial crisis to an already unstable economy.

We do not know how this organization will bring Facebook down – and that is the most important part. We assume that it’s going to be something like a DDoS or major virus. What if it’s a physical attack on their server farms or offices?

Remember: Guy Fawkes Organization used explosives to take down the British House of Lords.

This is not the way to do it. With these actions, Anonymous might find that they are protecting the one thing they want to bring down. A threat is a threat, whether a joke or not.

Facebook has many protocols in place to prevent such an attack. I would suggest, however, that Facebook change some policy and review their systems just to make sure there is no back door. Then make sure they have security in place on November 5th.

This is never something you should joke about. I hope they take Anonymous down. Period.

5 Comments

  1. From Grimby at 11:01 am on August 10, 2011

    Uh yeah, this has already been confirmed as a hoax…

    From Twitter:
    @anonops
    AnonOps
    TO PRESS: MEDIAS OF THE WORLD… STOP LYING! #OpFacebook is just ANOTHER FAKE! WE DONT “KILL” THE MESSENGER. THAT’S NOT OUR STYLE #Anonymous

  2. From HunterA3 at 11:52 am on August 10, 2011

    I sure hope that this story was cleared through management prior to being posted online. Given Anonymous’ track record, it’s not wise to “kick the hornet’s nest” so to speak. While I agree with your general message, you really must tread lightly when casting Anonymous is a negative light. I’m not saying we should roll over, but they can be easily angered. If they can take down major websites, they can most certainly take down GNC with ease and I’d hate to see anyone from TPN, or Raw Voice get punished for something poorly thought through by a staffer. Todd and the team have worked too hard to make their organization a good one for new media. A sustained attack would be a major blow to their momentum and to us fans. Just keep that in mind. In my opinion, it would be wiser to take the approach that Ars Technica has taken and just cover the facts–leave the opinion out of it. People should hopefully know what is right and what is wrong with being called to arms.

  3. From LOUIEDOOM at 11:24 am on August 11, 2011

    I SUPPORT ANON FULLY. This system is so flawed and corrupt and it has been for far to long that I am personally more willing to support something new on a whim with the chance of being wrong then allow myself to watch our system destory itself. The monetary system is BS and this capitlistic society is FUCKED. I am kinda sketchy of ANON but thats only because of media counters in response to them. We all know how truthful media is around the world. Im prepared for change and revolutions have never been without blood shed. If it needs to occur so be it, but at least some people are taking actions rather then just bitching and waiting for our untimely demise.

  4. From Axslayer33 at 2:34 pm on August 11, 2011

    HunterA3 is right. The author is treading a mine feild right now. Security Expert Aaron Burr tried to expose them and had his business destroyed by them (source-http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/02/anonymous/)

    Be careful out there.

  5. From isobella at 12:17 pm on August 12, 2011

    so anoymous is trying or gone to take down facebook because they are giving imformation to the goverment about us all but what so intresting about what we put on facebook.all i want to know how are they gone to take down facebook might be a strong virus but they can recover viruses.well if the goverment is geting all the imformation someone should do somthing about that i agree but anonymous shuts down facebook the facebook company could just re-event somthing elsee and then make more money then they already had ??