Anonymous Targets Facebook November 5th

The hacker group Anonymous now has its sights set on Facebook. Anonymous claims that the attack which will “destroy” Facebook will begin on November 5th.

Operation Facebook

DATE: November 5, 2011.



Twitter :

Irc.Anonops.Li #OpFaceBook


Attention citizens of the world,

We wish to get your attention, hoping you heed the warnings as follows:

Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed. If you are a willing hacktivist or a guy who just wants to protect the freedom of information then join the cause and kill facebook for the sake of your own privacy.

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.

Everything you do on Facebook stays on Facebook regardless of your “privacy” settings, and deleting your account is impossible, even if you “delete” your account, all your personal info stays on Facebook and can be recovered at any time. Changing the privacy settings to make your Facebook account more “private” is also a delusion. Facebook knows more about you than your family.

You cannot hide from the reality in which you, the people of the internet, live in. Facebook is the opposite of the Antisec cause. You are not safe from them nor from any government. One day you will look back on this and realise what we have done here is right, you will thank the rulers of the internet, we are not harming you but saving you.

The riots are underway. It is not a battle over the future of privacy and publicity. It is a battle for choice and informed consent. It’s unfolding because people are being raped, tickled, molested, and confused into doing things where they don’t understand the consequences. Facebook keeps saying that it gives users choices, but that is completely false. It gives users the illusion of and hides the details away from them “for their own good” while they then make millions off of you. When a service is “free,” it really means they’re making money off of you and your information.

Think for a while and prepare for a day that will go down in history. November 5 2011, #opfacebook . Engaged.

This is our world now. We exist without nationality, without religious bias. We have the right to not be surveilled, not be stalked, and not be used for profit. We have the right to not live as slaves.

We are anonymous

We are legion

We do not forgive

We do not forget

Expect us

So, If Facebook is down on November 5th you know why. It will take quite a large scale attack on Facebook’s servers to actually take the service down. However, Anonymous may have found a fatal vulnerability on Facebook they may be looking to exploit.

The reason that they are pointing at Facebook now is because of all the data privacy issues that Facebook has had. Facebook has released private profile data even though the privacy settings on Facebook dictate not to. That kind of problem has gotten Anonymous’s attention. Read the full release from Anonymous above for more information.


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  • Andrew Wilson

    As hard as it might seem at times to agree, they do have a point. The scale at which Facebook has collected personal data on almost everyone seems to be an unreasonable risk most people are willing to take, myself included. If I could go back, I would gladly delete everything from a facebook server, purge the past that I have no regards to. I rarely use facebook as a social hub and more of a ‘because I can’t get rid of it’. 

    In all due respect, destroying a website isn’t the right approach to handle a breach in privacy, but while AntSec is there, I do hope they delete my information for me, it’d be nice to have the shackles taken off. 

  • Sanity

    I think they are trying to open Facebook’s eyes to the issues at hand. If they weren’t open before, they will be now.

  • Anonymous

    Vulnurability? I think you mean “vulnErability.”

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