In case you haven't been paying attention to the cyber world, there have been a disturbing number cyber attacks that targets high profile companies such as Sony, AT&T, Apple, Universal and so on. Even the government and law enforcement websites such as the FBI, CIA, The United States Senate and its many affiliates have been under attack. And in the center of these attacks are three hacking collectives: Anonymous, LulzSec and AntiSec. And now it seems that one of the trio is up to something again. There has been a statement from Anonymous that they are planning a huge attack on the popular social network, Facebook.
According to the statement of the group, they have started orchestrating a full-scale attack against Facebook which will be taking place on the 5th of November. Anonymous claims that Facebook have been making millions by selling its users' sensitive information to security firms, government agencies and to authoritarian governments such as Egypt and Syria. Anonymous also states that the freedom of choice that the social network provides is completely false and that their privacy policies are meaningless since all users data are saved into the servers and can be retrieved by the site's management anytime.
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.
Based on the format of the statement, it does look identical to the previous statements that the group has released which both come in text and video form. Here's the video of the statement in full for you to check out:
There have been doubts to the authenticity of this particular threat towards Facebook, after all with the way the organization is structured, anyone on the Internet can claim to be "Anonymous". The planned attack is dubbed as "Operation Facebook". According to a tweet by @anonops, the group's official Twitter account, there have been members who are organizing this particular operation but not all members have agreed to it.
For the most part, both the media and the government sees these hacking groups to be a criminal organization. Just a few days ago, AntiSec hacked into a server that holds multiple websites that are associated with law enforcement. They stole around 10GB worth of confidential information and as usual, leaked them into the Internet. But the group's supporters believes that the group's actions are necessary in order promote information transparency and accountability among large corporations and government agencies.
Well, this could be nothing more than just a threat because it is just seems unthinkable that the Facebook we know will be under attack. Maybe it is just nothing more than a publicity stunt? But based on these group's hacking portfolio, this particular threat should not be taken lightly considering how many users and businesses will be affected. We'll just have to wait and see until November 5 in order to wait and see what will happen.Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback