Will Anonymous Attack Facebook?

    January 23, 2012
    Josh Wolford
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A video making the rounds this afternoon presents itself as a message from Anonymous, who are apparently on the verge of one of their most ambitious operations yet: The group says they will take down Facebook at midnight on January 28th.

Operation global blackout is ongoing and everyone can be a part of it. In the description I have provided everything you will need. Our first target… Facebook… While it is true that facebook has at least 60,000 servers… It is still possible to bring it down… Anonymous needs the help of the people…

Check out the video below:

This video was uploaded on Monday by user AnonymousVoice777, the same one that just three days ago posted a video outlining a new project, #OpGlobalBlackout. This project was described as a major takedown of properties like the UN site, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. They also purported to have account info from clients at multiple banks such as Chase Bank and US Bank.

But here’s the rub: Anonymous is denying that Anonymous will attack Facebook.

Here’s what one of the most important Anonymous Twitter handles. @AnonOps, tweeted less than an hour ago:

Again we must say that we will not attack #Facebook! Again the mass media lie. 53 minutes ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

When @AnonOps says “Again” with the lies, they are most likely referring to the rumor that the group was going to take down Facebook on November 5th, 2011. Just like with this announcement, that was conveyed via YouTube video and would up being inaccurate.

The thing about Anonymous and their operations is that it’s hard to pinpoint accurate information coming from their camps. The nature of the group does not allow for one centralized voice to make announcements and decisions. Sure, they coordinate well – just look at the recent takedowns of the DOJ website, Universal Music, RIAA, MPAA and more as part of #OpMegaUpload.

But if I had to make a bet, I’d trust the @AnonOps Twitter feed. The source of information has been accurate on numerous occasions. Couple their denial with the fact that we have previously been misled by a video touting a Facebook takedown, and you’ve engendered a lot of skepticism that this new video is legit.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

  • Steven G

    Kind of stupid to give out software to the general public like that. I’m sure Facebook already has a copy and they’re already analyzing the software’s attack methods and are finding ways to stop it. So I think the plan will fail for 2 reasons. First, that there won’t be enough attacks at once to take down so much as a toaster oven, and that Facebook will have already found a way to block the attacks should any occur. It’s one thing to say when and where the attacks will occur, but it’s another to give a copy of the weapon of choice to those that are going to have to defend against it.

  • http://www.replica-sunglasses.co.uk/mens-sunglasses/ Lisa

    This is kind of stupid thing. It doesnt make any sense.

  • http://jjamwal.in jj

    Anonymous don’t have any reason to attack Facebook, yet. I think it’s just a prank or an attempt to discredit the group by people who are bothered by them

  • Rowan

    I read this article that said that SOPA had influenced the FBI to take down the owners of Megaupload, a site that I have used myself to download files for free. They’re planning to send them to jail for twenty years!

    I fully support Anonymous in their actions, even though it probably won’t achieve anything.

    Anyway, here’s a good article about Facebook: facebook-welcome-page/” rel=”nofollow”>How to create a Facebook welcome page

  • caeleb

    anoynomus what is this fight abouy

    • caeleb

      i mean about

      • Random Dude

        They fight for our freedom of speech. For example, they fight against the American government because they’re corrupt. For example, if you search up AnonOps on google, you would be able to see a full list of what’s being told to the world.