The rogue hacker collective known as Anonymous has issued statements that they intend to target the social network Facebook with an attack on November 5th, 2011.
The announcement was made in a YouTube video posting dated mid-July, and cites allegations of privacy infringement and the selling of user data to government agencies as the the motivation for the pending attack, dubbed "Operation Facebook".
A transcript of the Anonymous issued threat compiled by The Village Voice is as follows:
DATE: November 5, 2011.
Attention citizens of the world,
We wish to get your attention, hoping you heed the warnings as follows:
Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed. 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.
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 stays on regardless of your "privacy" settings, and deleting your account is impossible, even if you "delete" your account, all your personal info stays on and can be recovered at any time. Changing the privacy settings to make your account more "private" is also a delusion. knows more about you than your family. .
You cannot hide from the reality in which you, the people of the internet, live in. is the opposite of the Antisec cause. You are not safe from them nor from any government. One day you will look back on this and realise what we have done here is right, you will thank the rulers of the internet, we are not harming you but saving you.
The riots are underway. It is not a battle over the future of privacy and publicity. It is a battle for choice and informed consent. It's unfolding because people are being raped, tickled, molested, and confused into doing things where they don't understand the consequences. 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.
Think for a while and prepare for a day that will go down in history. November 5 2011, #opfacebook . Engaged.
This is our world now. We exist without nationality, without religious bias. We have the right to not be surveilled, not be stalked, and not be used for profit. We have the right to not live as slaves.
We are anonymous
We are legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget
Columnist Rosie Gray of The Village Voice asks, "Will Anonymous be able to successfully lay waste to Mark Zuckerberg's fortress? This is set to be the Internet showdown of the year."
While the prospect of such a clash is tantalizing to a degree, Anonymous and others in the AntiSec movement are known for excessive rhetoric, and most experts agree that previous operations were simple attacks from a technical aspect, such as the use of SQL injections.
Recently fourteen individuals were arrested by FBI agents on charges related to their alleged involvement in the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against online payment processor PayPal late last year.
Further arrests and indictments are expected as authorities continue their investigations into other Anonymous, LulzSec and AntiSec attacks, including those perpetrated against Visa, MasterCard, PostFinance Bank, Amazon, Bank of America, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website, and for having breached the systems of security consultants HBGary Federal.