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Anonymous Hackers Threaten Facebook

Anonymous LogoEver wonder what the world would be like if Facebook was suddenly taken out? As unlikely a question as that sounds, this may very well be the case. Not because Facebook isn’t doing good, but because Anonymous has locked the social-networking site in its cross-hairs.

By now, most people know who Anonymous is. For those that do not, it is a hacking group that claims to work “for the people.” This infamous group has been known in the past to meddle around with the American government. Anonymous has been in the news a lot lately after the group openly threatened the electronic giant Sony. The group is also well-known for being a huge supporter of WikiLeaks.

So if they work for the people, why attack a site like Facebook, which so many people love? Well, apparently the group is doing this to “save” people from Facebook and its privacy policy. The group said that when people upload their information to Facebook, it is being given out to other sources. Anonymous goes on to say that people are having their information uploaded to government sources all over the world.

The group did not stop there. They also noted that once someone uploads their information with Facebook it is there forever. Even if the person was to delete their account, the information is not ever really gone. Some users have noted this to be true, because once people delete their account, it can easily be reactivated by simply logging back into the site. Thus, the information must have never really been deleted in the first place.

The Facebook network was started back in 2004. Now it has more than 750 million users worldwide. The CEO of the company is 27-year-old Mark Zuckerberg. He is said to be worth more than £8.3 billion alone.

Anonymous has said that they are going to bring down Facebook on November 5. Apparently, they have chosen this day as a way to commemorate the events of 1605, when Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up Parliament. In a video that has been posted up all over the internet, Anonymous said that one-day people will look back on this day and realize what the group has done was right. They went on to say that people will thank the rulers of the internet for what they have done. Remember, Anonymous is not harming the public, but saving it.

Anonymous went on to say that the riot is already underway. Then they said that this is not a battle simply over privacy and publicity. This is a battle for choice and informed consent. People should have a right to decide who has their information and who doesn’t. Anonymous is going to give them that right. Then the video ended with Anonymous’ tag-line: “We are anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.”

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