The interwebs have been reporting today that the hacktivist group that calls itself Anonymous has another major target in their cross hares. That site is Facebook. According to CNET and other sources, Anonymous has several reasons they are targeting the largest social network in the world.
Facebook, with a reported 750 million users has apparently upset the hacktivist community by reportedly selling user information to the government. In their press release Anonymous states:
“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.”
Anonymous has invited other likeminded hackers to join them for the November 5th take down. CNET and others speculate that November 5th was chosen because it is the day British people set off fireworks to commemorate Guy Fawkes and the day he detonated Britain’s house’s of Parliament.
Anonymous has given Facebook plenty of notice, and still seem very confident that they will be able to take down the site.