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Hacker Group Anonymous Says It Will Bring Down Facebook: VIDEO


Hacker group Anonymous says it will take down Facebook on November 5, 2011, which also happens to be Guy Fawkes Day.

Says a video posted on YouTube in mid-July: ""Facebook has been selling information to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms so they can spy all the people from all around the world...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."

One international security specialist said the threat is likely a hoax, the International Business times reported:

"The news around #Anonymous to attack #Facebook on Nov 5 most probably is fake," tweeted Eugene Kaspersky, an information security specialist.

The news was picked up by media outlets just yesterday, though it first appeared on July 16 when a newly created YouTube channel FacebookOp uploaded the video "Message from Anonymous: Operation Facebook, Nov 5 2011." The manifesto urges the audience to kill Facebook on account of privacy.

Kaspersky warned web users to "pay attention to the strange Twitter name they used and links to websites with adverts."

Watch the alleged Anonymous message, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: It's all apparently just a big misunderstanding.

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  1. They mustn't do that. Then people would be forced to become PRODUCTIVE!

    Posted by: Hank | Aug 10, 2011 10:46:53 AM

  2. I wonder how many of them just know about Guy Fawkes from the movie V? 99%+ would be my guess.

    Posted by: Diogenes | Aug 10, 2011 11:05:02 AM

  3. That's just creepy.

    Posted by: Jay | Aug 10, 2011 11:06:45 AM

  4. What strikes me most about this as I yawn my way through my first espresso of the day is that writing a letter struck them as inadequate. Are we really that marginal a culture? Everybody here seems to be able to read and (more or less) write...

    As for Facebook, social disobedience should pick its targets a little more carefully, doncha think? This is reminiscent of the days when Act Up spent its time harassing secretaries on their way to work at NIH rather than confront members of Congress.

    Posted by: Bryan | Aug 10, 2011 11:21:22 AM

  5. Actually, I only learned of Guy Fawkes day from John Lennon's song "Remember" on his "Plastic Ono Band" album.

    Posted by: Jonathan OZ | Aug 10, 2011 11:53:18 AM

  6. is there email

    Posted by: wonderer | Aug 10, 2011 12:57:29 PM

  7. Michael Joseph Gross wrote an article for Vanity Fair about China's cyber hacking. It's called Rise of the Cyber-Dragon.

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 10, 2011 1:26:20 PM

  8. it appears the reports of facebook's death were greatly exaggerated.

    Posted by: jason | Nov 8, 2011 4:01:25 PM

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