It’s Anonymous again, and this time, it says it’s next target is Facebook, the largest social network on the planet.
Hacker group Anonymous has become famous over past months by successful hacking, data theft and website take-downs on many websites including PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, etc. It also successfully took down the entire Play Station Network and hacked into many law enforcement websites including the CIA and police. But this is the first time the hacker group is targeting any mainstream social networking platform.
According to its self theory, the group Anonymous performs ‘ethical hacking’ for the sake of humanity. For example, last time it took down a Syrian website in its message to remove the Syrian president that they say the Syrian people don’t want.
Anonymous said in a video statement (only voice is heard after a fancy animation to Anonymous’ logo), Facebook is selling all personal data despite any privacy settings users apply. Anything a user does on Facebook remains on Facebook forever. Even if the uploader deletes certain information, it’s stored on Facebook. That said, Facebook is the biggest threat to privacy of general people, and that’s why the group is going to “kill” Facebook on November 5, 2011.
However, Anonymous said in its Twitter stream that some of its activists are arranging the attack but the group as a whole does not claim responsibility of the operation announced.
Despite general people’s carelessness about what Facebook does with their very private information, the alleged information told by the narrator in the video concerned is true. We have heard many famous security experts to say that Facebook is a continuous threat to user privacy. Although the social giant said that the current privacy settings is very tight, many think that it doesn’t really work that way. And everything remains on Facebook even after you delete them is an ‘unverified information’ the internet has seen long ago.
Since it’s Anonymous, the most famous hacker group of the present, Facebook seems to be a little worried as it didn’t comment on the matter.
Watch the video statement here:
Here’s a transcription of the video as seen on ZDNet.
DATE: November 5, 2011.
Press: Twitter : https://twitter.com/OP_Facebook
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
What do you think of the reason of the Anonymous member’s attack? Do you agree with them because Facebook does sell your information without your consent?