The “Anonymous” collective (worst revolutionary name ever) is known for attacking sites for political reasons and has targeted Facebook because they feel the site abuses user’s personal information. In a creepy YouTube clip, a spokesperson for the group says
“Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed.” Despicable. Why can’t they just take down the people who send out all those Farmville and CafeWorld requests?
The hackers are convinced that Facebook has been selling user information to government agency providing it to security firms who spy on us. Well, I can’t say I think that’s impossible, but I’m not yet willing to abdicate my right to stunt on ex-beaus with my profile pictures, so…you take the good and the bad, right?
The take down is scheduled for November 5th: Guy Fawkes Day, which commemorates the date in which Fawkes and others launched explosives under the British House of Lords in 1605. Typical Anonymous attacks come in the form of denial-of-service, during which members use scripts to access a site repeatedly, which causes massive slow or shut downs.
Drama: not all members of the group want to take down FB! The infighting was revealed on Twitter. “FYI – #OpFacebook is being organised by some Anons. This does not necessarily mean that all of #Anonymous agrees with it,” said a Tweet from @GroupAnon, the primary feed that tracks the groups activities. Apparently, someone has a few FB friends left to poke and doesn’t want to let that go.
Anonymous, which has supported the work of Wikileaks, has taken down PayPal, Master Card, Visa and the Church of Scientology’s sites, but an attack on Amazon failed. This week, they hacked the site belonging to the Syrian Defense Ministry, replacing all content with an anti-government message and the group’s logo.
What if it works? How long could you go without Facebook? How much of a toll would the absence of the site take on you? Who is gonna raise your sheep now???