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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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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.

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