UPDATE 11:52PM ET: Whitehouse.gov is back up
While most sites are reporting that Anonymous has taken down a laundry list of websites in response to the federal indictment of megaupload that is only half the story. We are hearing from some of the anonymous sources that brought us great stories a few months back, that part of the attack was coordinated in response to SOPA, remember SOPA blackout day was yesterday.
The federal government unsealed an indictment in eastern Virginia today as it was served against megaupload.com and their top executives. As the day went on more and more music industry and government related sites went down.
After we published this story we had heard and confirmed that fbi.gov was down, and now whitehouse.gov is down as well.
Anonymous is a group of hacktivist that has heavy handedly responded to social problems involving the internet by shutting down offending sites.
Thedroidguy’s west coast editor Brent F reported earlier this weekend that the hacktivist group calling themselves Anonymous, was a little upset with San Francisco’s BART service.
BART made headline news on Thursday when they opted to shut down cellular service in certain stations to prevent an uprising that was reportedly being planned for the civic center BART stop in San Francisco. Citizens of San Francisco have been reacting to a BART police involved shooting on July 3, 2011. BART officer James Crowell shot a 45 year old transient man wielding a knife at the civic center station.
The source for BART’s tip to a August 11th protest is unclear but BART acting on this information decided to shut down cell service to prevent potential protesters from organizing via cell phone.
More after the break
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.