Anonymous is planning a cyber-attack on Facebook in two months, according to a video that’s going viral. We don’t know if the video is really from Anonymous – so should Facebook be worried?
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Anonymous vs. Facebook: what happens when worlds collide?
We might find out come November 5. That’s the date when the “hacktivist” collective Anonymous will wage war on the world’s largest social network, according to a video (attached below) that purports to be from Anonymous.
“Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed,” intones a robotic voice in the video, over a gray backdrop featuring the Anonymous logo. “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.”
Why hack Facebook? Apparently, the promised attacks are motivated by privacy concerns. The voice in the video alleges that Facebook “make[s] millions” by selling its users out: offering personal information to government agencies “so that they can spy on people from all around the world.”
The video doesn’t substantiate these claims, and it doesn’t say what form the attacks might take. In the past, Anonymous has gained notoriety for taking websites offline through Direct Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks, in which servers are overwhelmed with a flood of requests for information – but Facebook’s servers are pretty robust, and there’s no indication that that will be the case here.