Anonymous claims Facebook to go down November 5

November 5 could be a very interesting day for a lot of people on the Internet. Today, the well known hacker group Anonymous issued a press release via YouTube that announced that on that date, it will stage a hack attack against Facebook. The social networking service has over 750 million registered users worldwide and has drastically changed the way people communicate and play on the Internet. However, Anonymous claims it will be staging the hack attack because the group has serious concerns with how Facebook allegedly uses the info from its worldwide user base.

In its press release, posted by the Village Voice web site, Anonymous makes some very serious allegations against Facebook. The group says; "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." Anonymous offers no proof of its claims in its press release and also claims that Facebook keeps the data entered by its users, even if that user decides to delete his or her Facebook account.

Facebook has yet to respond to Anonymous' specific threats and claims. However, the company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in an editorial to the Washington Post in March 2010, has denied that Facebook will sell its user info to advertisers or anyone else. He's also said that users have control over how their personal info is shared.

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No DDOS required. Going to be an inside job. All backup locations are known. Just burn down a few buildings and cut a few cables and kiss facebook goodbye !

lol Lets see if anyone is brave enough to pull it off.

Good so this means on nov 5 everyone in my house wont be playin those stupid a$$ facebook games and maybe Ill be able to get through 1 map on Black Ops without lagspikes.

not DDoS. #RefRef. there is NO WAY anonymous could DDoS facebook. they know that and they'll use #RefRef. butthat will ONLY work if facebook's SQL server is unpatched. the thing is, right now, nobody really knows whether or not it's been patched

I wonder how... I'm pretty sure Facebook already has anti-DDOS mechanisms in place. These are numerous very large load balanced data centers, not a few points of attack that will drastically slow down Facebook. What I'm thinking (especially due to their confidence of announcing a date in advance), is that they have discovered a vulnerability that consumes a ton of CPU at the servers, and plenty of Anon people will try to orchestrate a synchronized attack.

I still think it sounds far fetched, though.

If Facebook was vulnerable enough for basic DDOS (Anon's favority activity), it would have been DDOS'ed numerous times already due to the site's popularity.

OHH GOD I hope this happens!!! There is truly a GOD!! Facebook needs to die and go away and never come back along with any other site like it!!!

I saw when Anonymous tried to take down Facebook a year ago, noone published anything because they realized that Facebook had about 30 IP addresses, once they finally managed to co-ordinate themselves to attack them 1 at a time for maximum effect, the ones they had previously knocked down were back up.

I don't care about the hacking or down-time, I am more interested in this:

"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."

That's a very substantial breach of the Anti-trust and Anti-corruption acts. Has there been any mentioning of a source at all?

kizzaaa said,
I don't care about the hacking or down-time, I am more interested in this:

That's a very substantial breach of the Anti-trust and Anti-corruption acts. Has there been any mentioning of a source at all?

sorry but if your idiot enough to put your whole life out there in the open for them to read then you deserve to be lead out the back and shot

kizzaaa said,

That's a very substantial breach of the Anti-trust and Anti-corruption acts. Has there been any mentioning of a source at all?

Thanks for the early morning laugh. You clearly have no clue what the anti-trust acts are about.

Why I have the felling that all this "hacking" it's made purposely by government so they can police the internet as they want in the near feature.


Problem > reaction > solution

There is no reason to assume that which Anonymous stated is inaccurate. And there is every reason to assume that which Zuckerberg stated is incorrect and misleading, hell there is evidence for it.

Remember: "...remember, remember the 5th of November..." LOL

they are confident that they'll hack facebook because they think they use osx server. Well they will fail bbecause this is just a publicity stunt.

There's a channel in their IRC dedicated to OpFacebook, but their twitter account says they don't "kill the messenger". More fragmentation, the main problem with their business model.

htcz said,
This must be a pretty big project; Why announce it so early?

Who knows? Either large bit of confidence, or to throw people off, and do it sooner. Possibly much sooner. Many dates right around the corner that are significant. Sept. 11 attack, was also, a mass destruction of files.
But who knows...

I don't care for Facebook. I do not condone Anon or Lulz, or any of them, because they are clearly quite immature, especially when they are so hypocritical. Don't they just hack places and release private information to the masses? And IF, that is an IF, Facebook is doing the same thing, well, does that make either of them any different. Complete rubbish.

After saying that... I honestly can't wait for this. I'm so tired of sitting down at the dinner table, or going out to dinner, riding with someone, watching football, going to the movies, or any other event, only for my friends and family always staring at Facebook on their phone.
It never fails, and they must always know everyones status, and update theirs every hour. They need a reality check, because I, and anyone else around them that has to put up with the negligence of their human contact with others right there physically with them, for people on Facebook, are frankly sick of it.
You are there physically with someone, eating out at dinner with a group of people; so converse with them, react with them, and socialize with them, not your gott damn phone.

So, go ahead this time Anon, do this, I want to see my friends and families that are so glued to this crap get a reality check.... And get off their phones (texting + checking facebook) while driving. >:-(

Zappa859 said,
I don't care for Facebook. I do not condone Anon or Lulz, or any of them, because they are clearly quite immature, especially when they are so hypocritical. Don't they just hack places and release private information to the masses? And IF, that is an IF, Facebook is doing the same thing, well, does that make either of them any different. Complete rubbish.

After saying that... I honestly can't wait for this. I'm so tired of sitting down at the dinner table, or going out to dinner, riding with someone, watching football, going to the movies, or any other event, only for my friends and family always staring at Facebook on their phone. It never fails, and they must always know everyones status, and update theirs every hour. They need a reality check, because I, and anyone else around them that has to put up with the negligence of their human contact with others right there physically with them, for people on Facebook, are frankly sick of it. You are there physically with someone, eating out at dinner with a group of people, converse with them, react with them, and socialize with them, not your gott damn phone.
So, go ahead this time Anon, do this, I want to see my friends and families that are so glued to this crap get a reality check.

You're right, but this won't be a reality check you're hoping for. Sadly, even if Anon was right, this little stunt will only further turn people against them and encourage support for more regulation. I'd much rather these kids better the world by volunteering at the food bank or redcross, than cause the rest of us more grief.

Lets see, they are "concerned" about how Facebook gives out user data. So they are going to hack it, and give it out themselves, like they always do.

jd100 said,
Lets see, they are "concerned" about how Facebook gives out user data. So they are going to hack it, and give it out themselves, like they always do.


I'm sorry, but you are wrong.

You can already download your full account details from Facebook through a function they made. If you wish, all of your Facebook life can be downloaded in one click!

ffMathy said,

I'm sorry, but you are wrong.

You can already download your full account details from Facebook through a function they made. If you wish, all of your Facebook life can be downloaded in one click!


I think you missed the point of jd100's post...

Tager said,

I think you missed the point of jd100's post...

Dunno how you read the topic but it says taking down Facebook, it doesn't say hacking peoples accounts

offroadaaron said,

Dunno how you read the topic but it says taking down Facebook, it doesn't say hacking peoples accounts

Thay may try to take down Facebook but wouldn't you attempt hacking into it? Wasn't one of Anon's methods to hacking a server is by DDoS'ing them first?

ShareShiz said,
Remember remember the 5th of November

Why must they pick such an awesome day. I don't want the 5th of November to become the day Anonymous failed hard.

Well it might be like oppaypal where users voluntarily kills their account because there is no way they can DDoS them

McCordRm said,
Only 750 users? They're all in my friends list.

750 is a big number. If you can count to 750 aloud without repeating yourself, then you too can drastically change the Web.

DMPeyerStrikesBack said,

"The social networking service has over 750 million registered users worldwide"

I read the article before that was fixed. It did originally say only 750.

Fortunately for Anonymous, the internet tends to have a short memory so no one will notice when they fail epicly.

Caleo said,
Fortunately for Anonymous, the internet tends to have a short memory so no one will notice when they fail epicly.

I put it on my Calendar so I won't forget. It will be interesting to see what happens.