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Anonymous: Facebook “Attack” A Joke

    January 26, 2012
    Zach Walton
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You may have noticed that Facebook was having intermittent issues last night. You may have even thought that Anonymous was behind it. Well, you’re probably wrong.

It’s true that Facebook, which rarely has any issues, was having trouble loading for some users last night. It’s also true that Anonymous made a comment about it via their Twitter account.

cough cough, uh, looks like http://t.co/NhcgztAZ is having a slight accessibility problem. #Anonymous 11 hours ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

What makes it even incriminating is that they make a second post right after saying that Facebook is back up. It almost sounds like a test run for their supposed attack on Facebook on January 28.

You are now free to play Farmville and Mobwars. 11 hours ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

Some sites ran with the story claiming that Anonymous was attacking Facebook, which prompted Anonymous to come clear with their intentions. Facebook wasn’t attacked and Anonymous was just trolling everybody for some “lulz.”

That awkward moment when Facebook goes down and everyone jumps on Twitter to find out why… 11 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Facebook down? http://t.co/WX4Eqryq — Bwahaha, trolled! #Anonymous ^_^ 11 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Once again, we must stress that it’s hard to tell what is official or not when it comes to Anonymous. As far as we’re concerned though, @YourAnonNews is the official Anonymous twitter account that’s accountable for the majority of the group’s actions.

The group finished up by giving some advice to journalists who may want to cover their attacks in the future.

Dear journalists, when @YourAnonNews reports a site down from an #Anonymous sanctioned #DDoS, they will use the phrase “X is tango down”. 11 hours ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto