16 Aug 2011

Anonymous targets Facebook, or maybe not

A recent YouTube video, purportedly posted by hacker group Anonymous, announced the collective will attack social network Facebook on November 5. However, subsequent posts on the AnonOps Twitter feed indicated only a faction of the group is involved in the planned Facebook hack.

The YouTube clip, shot in the grainy style that has become a trademark of Anonymous' videos, conveyed the message they would "destroy" Facebook because the site spies on its users and sells private information.

"Facebook has been selling information to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms so they can spy on people from all around the world," a disguised voice on the video said.

This message was later qualified by a Tweet that said only a portion of Anonymous members are involved with "OpFacebook." A later Tweet said the entire threat was a "fake."

The operation might not be a fake, but a plan being undertaken by a subset of Anonymous members, Business Insider surmised.

This sort of splintering would be in keeping with the history of Anonymous. Computer security experts believe a faction of Anonymous became the group LulzSec, which then rejoined Anonymous to launch the AntiSec campaign that recently compromised more than 70 U.S. law enforcement agency websites.