Anonymous Targets Facebook
Anonymous is back and vows to "kill Facebook" on November 5. In a recent video posted on Youtube, Hacktivist group, which has claimed participation in just about every notable hacking attack this year, has cited users' lack of choice in privacy as the reason for the attack.
"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."
The video continues, "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. "
Facebook has faced an abundance of privacy concerns since its founding and by now, I'm sure the majority of users know that their information will be shared. You'd have to be blind or dumb to not realize that. We're at the point in our lives where everything we do is tracked. Heck, there are machines that now scan your smartphone when walking by so that they can display ads catered to what interests you. There is no more privacy anymore, and it's not just because of Facebook.
Anonymous ends the video with a epic-yet-cheesey pledge, "We are anonymous. We are legion .We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us." It sounds like a bunch of nerds craving attention if you ask me.
Or maybe it's a plot to bring down the biggest competitor standing in the way of Anonymous's own social network, AnonPlus, "a new social network where there is no fear...of censorship...of blackout...nor of holding back."
Below is a video and statement released by Anonymous explaining the reason for its attack on Facebook.
Anonymous has since confirmed via a tweet that although some of its members are organizing the upcoming Facebook attack, the hacker group as a whole doesn't necessarily agree with the attack.