August 11, 2011

Anonymous Split On Proposed Facebook Attack

Anonymous members went to pains this week to distance themselves from threatening a cyber attack against Facebook that is reportedly supposed to take place on Guy Fawkes Night in November.

The proposed attack, dubbed "ËœOperation Facebook' by the elusive hacker group, was also decried by yet other members of the same collective who spoke out against the proposed attack. It seems that being a disorganized and elusive group can lend itself to mixed signals being broadcast.

A lack of hierarchy has seemed to serve the hackers well as alleged members have been arrested and other members have preached that an idea can't be arrested and the group will persist. But since not all members take part in every action, no one person runs the group or can tell others what to do and no one person speaks on behalf of the group either.

An allegedly rogue band of members started a YouTube page and Twitter account in July stating that Anonymous would launch a cyber attack on Nov. 5, the day in 1605 when Guy Fawkes famously tried to blow up London's House of Lords and kill England's King James I but was instead arrested.

By this week, Anonymous members offered differing accounts of just what Operation Facebook was intended to be. Some said the plan was being conducted by an offshoot of Anonymous and was something the hacktivist group didn't condone, while yet other messages claimed the entire thing was a joke.

Anonymous member, Speakeasy, explained that the main purpose of "ËœOperation Facebook' was simply to "Ëœbring awareness to Facebook keeping data even after you delete an account'.

He explained to the site that he launched the operation months ago with a few others with the intention of persuading people to delete their profiles on November 5 as a protest and then create their own rival social networking sites with more robust privacy rules.

After interest waned for the project, other members, seeing the outline of the attack, resurrected it by mistake, the statement said. And when the media caught on to this, expectations for Operation Facebook rose even further, with some 200 people wanting to take part, the statement said.

Speakeasy concluded with, "Anyway, the whole thing is a massive cluster... and I feel responsible, so can someone sort that ... out?"


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