Operation Facebook lulz
On Tuesday night, I caught an article on Business Insider with a link to a YouTube video in which Anonymous vowed to “kill Facebook” on November 5th. The video is rather entertaining, complete with a Stephan Hawking-like electronic voice discussing the operation.
On Wednesday, the Anonymous twitter account claimed that “Operation Facebook” was scrapped and later picked up by a couple Anon members without the blessing of the collective. Gizmodo posted a confirmation of the tweet, restating the majority of Anonymous do not support the rogue operation.
Today, Gawker reports the “plot to kill Facebook is all a terrible misunderstanding.” Apparently, someone left a note up about how Facebook would never forget November 5th after an operation planning meeting. Other Anonymous members who logged in after the meeting saw the note and started passing the rumor around. It got out to the general media and all of a sudden, major networks ran the story as a lead news item. After the media attention, however, everyone is backpedaling from their association with the major announcment.
Paul Ducklin of Sophos has his own tongue-in-cheek post about the YouTube video and Sophos’ ongoing caution regarding what you share on Facebook.
Personally, if Anonymous succeeded in downing Facebook, I wouldn’t miss it. Facebook is quickly become the single largest source of malware on the Internet (email spam has dropped significantly in the past year for good reason) and their security policies are consistently lacking.
Regardless of whether the floodgates of personal information open from a proposed Anonymous attack, please do not be the naïve person who shares personal details on Facebook they’d rather not like the entire world seeing.