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:
#Facebook! Again the mass media lie.Again we must say that we will not attack
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.