The hacktivists keep making the headlines. Despite the alleged Topiary arrest, Anonymous has been quite busy over the last few days. After stealing and releasing 10GB of confidential police data from across the U.S., Anonymous (or parts of it, see our update within) has publicly declared its next target: Facebook.
This article has been updated with new information. The original post follows, and you can see our update below.
In a video release, Anonymous says it will destroy Facebook on November 5 — a date with significance that can be traced back to 1605, when Guy Fawkes attempted the failed Gunpowder Plot — an attempt to blow up England's House of Lords and kill King James I.
That's quite a date to pull off such an attack, but that's the plan. Why attack the world's most popular social network? According to its press release, taking down Facebook has everything to do with privacy:
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.
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.
If the world of Facebook is set to go up in flames on November 5, Anonymous has given Zuckerberg and pals quite a long time to fortify its security.
Instead of wasting its efforts trying to bring down Facebook, why doesn't it just tell everybody to support a Facebook alternative like Altly or Google+? Oh wait, Anonymous got banned from Google+, then went on to make its own social network called AnonPlus, which got hacked by rival hackers.
Yeah, destroying Facebook just might be easier to do than rallying members for its own social network.
This is going to be a waiting game. November 5 is still a ways off and frankly, if Anonymous had the might to break into various government agencies and disrupt Sony's PSN services, there is the off chance that it could, at the very least, soil Facebook's image somehow.
UPDATE: It appears Anonymous is only partially planning an attack on Facebook. On the AnonOps Twitter, the hacktivists tweeted:
TO PRESS: MEDIAS OF THE WORLD... STOP LYING! #OpFacebook is just ANOTHER FAKE! WE DONT "KILL" THE MESSENGER. THAT'S NOT OUR STYLE #Anonymous
Anonymous then tweeted later:
#OpFacebook is being organised by some Anons. This does not necessarily mean that all of #Anonymous agrees with it.
So there you go, #OpFacebook is still being planned, but only by a few Anons and is not a fully supported Anonymous initiative.