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The threat hasn't been posted on Anonymous' blog or Twitter account

Facebook is notorious for issues with user privacy, whether its giving apps access to phone numbers and addresses or developing invasive features like facial recognition that identifies people you know for tagging. But now, Facebook may be on the receiving end of privacy invasion.

Hacker group Anonymous -- which has become widely known for its cyber attacks launched on NATO, Sony, Iran's government emails, the Pentagon, Bank of America, and many more -- may have redirected its target on another large-scale victim: Facebook.

The following is a text version of a press release, which is a video that can be seen here:

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 realize 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

Many are wondering if the video is legitimate, since the threat has not been posted on Anonymous' blog or its Twitter account. In addition, the video was posted on July 16, 2011, and has not received much publicity. 

"The news around #Anonymous to attack #Facebook on Nov. 5 most probably is fake," tweeted information security specialist Eugene Kaspersky, chief executive and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab. "Pay attention to the strange Twitter name they used and links us to websites with adverts."

According to the video, November 5, 2011 is the marked date for Facebook's alleged demise.

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pretty far off...
By kleinma on 8/10/2011 10:58:03 AM , Rating: 2
Other than a DDOS which could knock FB offline for a bit or make it hard to access for some, but certainly would not destroy it. Besides Nov 5th is pretty far off, giving plety of time for FB to do security reviews and be somewhat "ready" if it were to happen. They don't normally give advanced notice like that.

RE: pretty far off...
By MrTeal on 8/10/2011 11:33:35 AM , Rating: 3
It would be interesting to see this happen. I can't find any stats on the number of pages they serve a day, but I did find a stat that FB served 550,000+ photos to users per second. I'm sure they could focus on specific parts of the site, but taking down all of Facebook would be a pretty big accomplishment.

RE: pretty far off...
By lagomorpha on 8/10/2011 11:35:42 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe anon plans to destroy facebook by offering a competing service with working privacy settings?

Yeah............. probably not. Google+ doesn't look any better either.

RE: pretty far off...
By FITCamaro on 8/10/2011 2:05:19 PM , Rating: 3
What idiot would sign up on a social media site run by people who are directly responsible for thousands of people's identities being compromised. You'd trust your information with them vs. Facebook? It's very easy not to have information "stolen" on Facebook. Don't put it there.

RE: pretty far off...
By lagomorpha on 8/10/2011 2:40:56 PM , Rating: 3
What idiot would sign up on a social media site run by people who are directly profiting from millions of people's identities being compromised?

Oh right. Millions of idiots.

RE: pretty far off...
By cmdrdredd on 8/10/2011 10:45:22 PM , Rating: 2
The problem I have with people bashing facebook is that it has many real world uses for myself. Many of my family and friends are not local, I can connect to them online this way and see their new baby or their new car etc. Lame to you maybe but it beats trying to stare at a picture sent via txt on a phone. Plus I can connect to and get updates on businesses that specialize in certain things like Skateboarding, MX etc. It's not all people posting naked pictures and whatnot like you seem to think. Social networking is part of our culture. Sure they make money with targeted ads, but I don't have to click these ads.

You know what else? Anything I put there I assume will or can be read publicly so I don't put anything I'd be afraid to have people see or read. No big deal. Get over fear grandpa.

RE: pretty far off...
By mindless1 on 8/12/2011 2:56:34 PM , Rating: 2
There's a difference between fear and awareness, though calling someone grandpa doesn't make you informed, it shows immaturity that you assume others have the exact same security needs as some kid with nothing (to lose).

RE: pretty far off...
By inperfectdarkness on 8/12/2011 10:17:29 PM , Rating: 2
maybe it's intentional reverse psychology. the TSA has gone way overboard because of 9-11; maybe the idea is to get FB to do the same thing...

By tng on 8/10/2011 12:32:25 PM , Rating: 5
Anonymous Allegedly Threatens to Destroy Facebook on November 5th
Please do it, maybe then some of my coworkers can get something done during the day then.

RE: Please?
By geddarkstorm on 8/10/2011 12:38:25 PM , Rating: 3
The truth of this statement is the saddest proof of the times we live in.

RE: Please?
By The Raven on 8/10/2011 2:20:27 PM , Rating: 2
What the he|| are they waiting for?

RE: Please?
By edge929 on 8/10/2011 4:41:39 PM , Rating: 3
No crap. For once I agree with Anonymous. If my sister-in-law could put down her damn smartphone-connected-to-facebook for 5 mins she might see the guy she's dating is a complete @ss in real life as opposed to his rippling abs on his facebook picture.

- One of the remaining few not on Facebook

RE: Please?
By BruceLeet on 8/11/2011 4:10:29 AM , Rating: 2
Someone wants to bang his sister-in-law and/or is jealous of her rippling abs boyfriend.

Remember, remember the 5th of November
By TheRealArdrid on 8/10/2011 8:57:04 PM , Rating: 2
Need to watch that movie tonight...

By Megatomic on 8/11/2011 8:16:05 AM , Rating: 2
Wow, it took long enough to see V come up. haha

By mosu on 8/10/2011 5:55:15 PM , Rating: 3
Personally I believe Facebook is just a big scam to gather personal data for Big Brother and a big waste of time for everybody else.

Maybe it'll help
By chmilz on 8/10/2011 11:15:01 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know about selling our info to Syria, but anyone with a brain knows Facebook would sell your kidneys for a nickel. Their privacy settings are completely bunk. Sure, I can set it so grandma can't see the my album of "whore's I've banged at parties", but it's a free-for-all for 3rd parties.

I use Facebook, but if this comes to pass I'll enjoy seeing what happens. Maybe FB will clean up its privacy. Maybe nothing at all will happen. All I know is, if it comes to pass, it'll make for some good reading material.

PS: Don't put too much personal info on FB, idiots

By km9v on 8/10/2011 1:02:38 PM , Rating: 2
Why can't they do something little more useful, like make my mortgage balance $0 ????

RE: ?
By sorry dog on 8/10/11, Rating: 0
Lucky for the few...
By John Kai on 8/10/2011 1:12:11 PM , Rating: 2
So glad I never bought into this whole Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Google+... give me Skype and some webcam/p0rn anytime over any of the above. I'll even take a rotary phone and metro pass.

"slaves" or hosts?
By bupkus on 8/10/2011 4:14:49 PM , Rating: 2
We have the right to not live as slaves.
We have the right to not live as hosts.

By Rob94hawk on 8/10/2011 8:13:26 PM , Rating: 2
As much as I'm looking forward to this I think they're starting to look like Al Queda now.

What's next? Hospitals?

By now a majority of the people that use Facebook aren't blind to the fact that their personal info may be exposed. They know the risks and they don't want some rogue group speaking for them.

On the other hand even though their attack will probably fail if it doesn't it'll be interesting how the facebook addicts will react.

That should lose support for Anonymous real fast
By Beenthere on 8/10/11, Rating: -1
RE: That should lose support for Anonymous real fast
By Natch on 8/10/2011 11:59:28 AM , Rating: 3
We could always just declare them cyber terrorists, and throw them in a cell in Gitmo when we capture them. "Held indefinitely awaiting trial", I believe is the term used.

By Wiggy Mcshades on 8/10/2011 12:33:42 PM , Rating: 2
hiding behind a keyboard lulz

By geddarkstorm on 8/10/2011 12:36:28 PM , Rating: 4
I am certainly more worried for the mental state of people who have such an absurd detachment of reality as to suggest over the top, disproportional punishments like that. Those who actually cause provable financial damage should be punished -accordingly-, but just because someone threatens to inconvenience the time you spend staring at a computer screen does not warrant, in itself, such crazy talk.

The statutes against cruel and unusual punishment exist to protect us from nonsense like what you said.

By FITCamaro on 8/10/2011 2:03:36 PM , Rating: 1
Are you forgetting that lost time for the mass of drones on Facebook CAUSES financial damage to Facebook. They're not making money on people clicking on ads, buying stupid things to put on their retarded farms, etc.

While you (and I) may think its dumb, it does cost them money. This goes for any site taken down by these idiots. I now personally have a beef because I am having to investigate whether or not my identity has been stolen. Likely due to their hacking of Sony.

By snyper256 on 8/11/2011 4:59:10 PM , Rating: 2
oh no! an imaginary figure in a computer is under attack!
money isn't that important when you're talking about a non-physical entity (corporation). it's not like someone's going to go hungry over it.

By mindless1 on 8/12/2011 2:53:03 PM , Rating: 2
... or the publicity causes billions of additional hits on Facebook so they have higher profit through Nov 5th than ever before.

However, I feel the "it costs money" argument is overstated. If you want to be a big, profitable 'site on the internet, accepting downtime losses and having an appropriate level of security and redundancy is a standard Cost Of Business, we can't really claim any business can ignore security or threats nor any other usual business expense and have 100% profit.

Just like if a tornado or flood hit your brick 'n mortar store, there's always the chance that everything will not operate as if it were a perfect world since it isn't.

By geddarkstorm on 8/10/2011 12:28:06 PM , Rating: 1
Call me crazy, but I think there might just be a degree of difference between someone who slightly inconveniences your on-line, job hours wasting, activities, verses a terrorist who actually murders and destroys innocent people in real life.

By snyper256 on 8/11/2011 5:01:15 PM , Rating: 2
I think that anyone who disagrees with you has problems on their problem's problems.

By The Raven on 8/10/2011 2:18:38 PM , Rating: 2
The more damage these hackers do to people, the less support they will receive and the more backlash they will face.
I don't think they care.

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