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Hacker Plot to 'Kill Facebook' Is All a Terrible Misunderstanding

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posted on Aug, 10 2011 @ 07:03 PM
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Hacker Plot to 'Kill Facebook' Is All a Terrible Misunderstanding


gawker.com

The internet is quaking with the news that the hacktivist collective Anonymous plans to "destroy" Facebook on November 5th. We spoke to the Anonymous member who was there at the start of "Operation Facebook," and he told us the whole thing is a misunderstanding that's spiraled crazily out of control.

CNN reported this morning on an Anonymous-branded video which threatened to "kill Facebook" for privacy violations. In the video, a computerized voice foretells of a Facebook armageddon on November 5th—that's Guy Fawkes Day, which commemorates the 1605 plot to blow up the British Hous
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posted on Aug, 10 2011 @ 07:03 PM
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I hope this doesn't come as a huge surprise to everyone because the idea that Anonymous could actually cripple Facebook is fairly ludicrous. The task would be almost impossible, and perhaps THE WORST 'operation' imaginable for the group in regard to public relations. If you read the whole article one of the guys involved with the initial plan states, "Even if it succeeded, Facebook has a lot of users, and we want to help people, not hurt them." Take that with a grain of salt, since you can't define Anonymous you can't really define it's member base or individual motives.

Well there you have it. If you were worried you no longer need to be. If you thought it was ridiculous you were right.

gawker.com
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posted on Aug, 10 2011 @ 07:04 PM
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Derp



posted on Aug, 10 2011 @ 07:11 PM
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Why dont they just do it now ? I meen why wait ?

It will be the worst mistake they could ever make !



posted on Aug, 10 2011 @ 07:24 PM
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Wow, to bad then...don't believe they could kill it as proposed(dos won't work for long...if it was chosen).

Better ways would be to: try and kill it by not being on it;
shift the numbers elsewhere or fully off of social networking

I hear it's always loosing members, but unfortunately to other social networks. Awareness to the masses that in the end in some situation that kind of self expression can hurt you more than benefit(depending on what is said, done, posted, etc.)



posted on Aug, 10 2011 @ 07:27 PM
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The main purpose was to "bring awareness to Facebook keeping data even after you delete an account," Speakeasy said. (Facebook saves your personal information and continues to use it for data mining even if you delete your account.)


I really do think that someone needs to bring more attention to Facebook's privacy issues. There are so very many users that just post every little intimate detail of their life, blindly trust the company etc. that it boggles my mind. It is so easy to 'hack' a Facebook account that it has become a sport. You delete an account, Facebook doesn't delete data. People need to know how vulnerable they truly are to companies like this, and to degenerates.



posted on Aug, 10 2011 @ 07:37 PM
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There is pretty much no way that Facebook would succumb to a DoS attack.

Apparently the original plan was to have a mass exodus of users, but even that seems far fetched.

I originally thought this operation was the same as the (briefly posted) idea to have everyone who considered themselves 'Anonymous' change their profile to state affiliation with the group. Too many kids going for that 15 minutes in my opinion.



posted on Aug, 10 2011 @ 07:43 PM
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I said this a week or so ago when this stuff broke...It is documented in one of these threads. It was frustrating to sit here and read what so many misinformed people were saying. I understand that not everyone is as deeply involved as I am, but a simple check of the Anonymous blog, or a quick browsing of Anon+ could have cleared things up for anyone.



posted on Aug, 10 2011 @ 07:44 PM
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The whole thing is stupid.
Its all about record keeping.
Everything seems to be bent on total surveillance and the recording of actions.
See how anchored they have us to the past?
No wonder we cannot scrape through this wreckage and advance.

Like many others I found out after the fact about certain "Hotel California" websites

I think it was noble of A non to try and expose and bring to light some of this duplicity that is rooted
in many places dark.



posted on Aug, 10 2011 @ 07:47 PM
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Why are the messing with Facebook? They should just send a Stuxnet worm to the FED's printing pressses, since that was their main goal wasn't it?

Or. maybe they are just trying to gain attention and create a distraction by talking of "killing Facebook," that way they can sneak in and hack some where else?

Who knows at this point...



posted on Aug, 10 2011 @ 07:48 PM
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Originally posted by Domo1
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There is pretty much no way that Facebook would succumb to a DoS attack.



I would beg to differ. If Microsoft, Google, NSA, CIA and other massive networks government and corporate alike can be taken down by a DDoS. What do you think makes Facebook special from any other network that it can't be taken down with a flood of traffic from zombie bots? Besides there are other ways besides just DDoS to bring down networks by exploiting IOS of Cisco routers and switches directly. Same for any other brand such as another commonly used Juniper.


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posted on Aug, 10 2011 @ 07:56 PM
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posted on Aug, 10 2011 @ 07:57 PM
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posted on Aug, 10 2011 @ 08:54 PM
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Originally posted by granpabobby
Why dont they just do it now ? I meen why wait ?

It will be the worst mistake they could ever make !


Yes, lord Anon should appear from the murky depths of his Wikileaks bunker deep under the earth, rise above his surface dwelling minions and say "Garn, do it.. Dun' like it much anyway..". . .

Or maybe the reason why they dont is because timmy has already cleared his weekend schedule and right now is AFK, so not getting his IM's.



posted on Aug, 10 2011 @ 08:57 PM
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[However, their goal was not to "destroy" Facebook. The main purpose was to "bring awareness to Facebook keeping data even after you delete an account," Speakeasy said. (Facebook saves your personal information and continues to use it for data mining even if you delete your account.)



In a way they succeeded, video has over a million views, but they should have shut up about it since packing makes information run faster.



posted on Aug, 10 2011 @ 09:09 PM
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lol

Remember remember the fifth of November



posted on Aug, 10 2011 @ 09:34 PM
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I really wish Anon would just go away.

Trowa



posted on Aug, 10 2011 @ 09:40 PM
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Hmm... I was really looking forward to this operation. People need to stop "socializing" on Facebook and start learning how to work together and be together in real life again. Then, there are the privacy issues as well.

However, obtaining either objective would be very difficult to do while maintaining support of the masses.
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posted on Aug, 10 2011 @ 10:24 PM
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I've got a Facebook profile, but I'm not too worried about my privacy there either.

You know why? Facebook only knows what you're willing to put in it. If you or your friends say blah blah this or that, sure it'll be in there. But if you stay quiet on most things there and don't use the account connecting features with other online media, guess what Facebook knows then? Not much. (At it's worst, Facebook is only about as dangerous as most pop-up ads, if you don't impulse click on things it's usually not a problem. Trusting privacy settings online too much is foolish too. Then again, a lot of people are stupid when it comes to the internet. Things like convincing friends and associates not to send you junk or tag things can be a little more tricky.)

Regardless, unless you encrypt in advance anything you do online is about as private as a postcard. Even with encryption, that info is only as secure as the other party you're trusting. Of course that only matters if you care about what other people may know in regards to what you're doing online. If you don't give a squat and/or nobody else does, what does it matter?

Sounds like some group of Anon is going to do what they feel they gotta do to prove a point. Whether or not it's actually lulzy will be a matter of style and opinion. One can only hope that they target Facebook in a very specific way because despite its drawbacks it also has some legitimate use as a communication channel. If they break anything, keep fingers crossed that it'll knock out the stupid time-wasters, noise up the things that could be used for tracking purposes, or serve an educational purpose about very lax security like some of their other previous exploits.

Can't say I'm taking sides on this one, as it's wait and see. But I'm not going to cry either if it does get broken. Still have different email channels and blogs that aren't connected to it. Facebook isn't the only thing on the internet and there are alternatives. (Maybe that's the point they'll try to make. Life shouldn't revolve around Facebook or any one website for that matter.)



posted on Aug, 10 2011 @ 10:24 PM
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Dumb move to hack facebook..
The millions on facebook for entertainment and games
They know nothing is private
Please crash it Annon..you will have millions turn on you and scream for your blood
And they will destroy you.!
You and your cause will be hated and hunted and you will ruin your cause
Go ahead and hack Grannys Farmville account..Watch what happenes



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