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Anonymous Planning ‘Operation Facebook’

August 12, 2011 by  

Anonymous Planning ‘Operation Facebook’

In a video posted on July 16 that is just now gaining popularity on the Internet this week, the hacktivist group known as Anonymous announced it is planning “Operation Facebook,” an undefined hacking assault on the social network of the same name, on Nov. 5. The video can be viewed below.

“Attention citizens of the world, we are Anonymous. We wish to get your attention, hoping you heed the warning that 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,” a voice, which has been digitally altered to obscure the speaker, says in the video.

Such videos are commonly used by the group for “AnonOps” (short for Anonymous Operations) to garner interest from within the Internet’s hacker community. The videos will name a target, and then individuals will respond on various message boards and IRC channels offering ways they can support the operation or expressing their vehement opposition to it.

“FYI – #OpFacebook is being organised [sic] by some Anons. This does not necessarily mean that all of #Anonymous agrees with it,” read a tweet from GroupAnon, a Twitter feed that posts about Anonymous’ activities.

Anonymous has most recently been tied to another hacking group, LulzSec, in an alliance known as AntiSec. The activities of this combined group included alleged cyber-attacks on PayPal, and suspected attacks against the websites for Visa and MasterCard. In mid-July, 16 suspected Anonymous members were arrested in a nationwide Department of Justice crackdown as a result of the PayPal incursion.

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  • simian pete

    Marcy,

    Good article. My wife plays “cityville” and “farmville” on FaceBook. When these “hacktivist” kill FaceBook she sure won’t be a happy camper !! Maybe I should pick her up a copy of SimCity ? “Farmville” and “Cityville” sure are good for stress relief…..

    Personally, I don’t understand how to play these games ! But I also don’t understand how to play Solitaire on the computer !! HA HA !!!
    Card games are hard for this simian to learn … And why is building a “virtual city” or “virtual farm” so fascinating to her ? The only game I play is “Bioshock” !!! Or old Atari games – like “brickout” ….

  • skippy

    Pete, maybe if they kill ‘farmville’ you can buy your wife some tools & she can have her own farm in the back yard. Might do her good to get out of the house!!!

    • simian pete

      Good idea ! Thanks for the advice !!

  • TML

    “Attention citizens of the world, we are Anonymous. We wish to get your attention, hoping you heed the warning that 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,”

    I have a message for you. Don’t try and play god, like any government despotism, by taking it upon yourself to assume that people share more on facebook than they are willing to share with the ‘world’ voluntarily. You are just as much a threat to “freedom of information” as you claim to protect, and a hypocritical criminal to your own cause. YOU are the enemy, as much as any despot.

    Personally, this is one of the mediums in which I keep up with my kids who live in another state, until I am able to move there. We share nothing that we don’t want the world to know. How dare you try and make our choices for us!

    • eddie47d

      Excellent TML. Sadly Technology could destroy itself and take us and our economy with it. As if we need further interference in our dependency on these new life forms. (Computers,cell phones,chips,etc)

      • TML

        ‘Technology’ is a tool, just like a hammer or a gun.

    • Song

      You said it very well TML. FB is also how I keep up with family and friends who are spread across the globe. The arrogance of groups like Anonymous never cease to amaze me.

  • B

    I had a roommate who was into Cityville. Sickening. I asked him if there is a Terroristville that I could destroy those cityville? LOL..

    What has gotten into me? Too much negative news.

    B

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