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‘Operation global blackout’ — Anonymous targets Facebook

Facebook has once again caught the attention of everyone’s favourite hacktivist group, Anonymous, reports Business Insider. The group has been on a retaliation quest over the past few days, following the takedown of MegaUpload. In a weekend of mass attacks, the group diverted all traffic away from CBS.com, took down Universal Music Group and various government sites.

A new video posted on a supposed Anonymous-affiliated YouTube account, has singled out Facebook as the group’s next target. The video, which encourages people to download a linked program that they can use to attack Facebook, was only uploaded a few hours ago.

The attack, which is set for January 28th, is part of what the group is calling the second phase of Operation Global Blackout. In the video, Anonymous mentions that “they should have expected” them and that operation “Facebook Engaged” is on the way.

“While it is true that Facebook has at least 60 000 servers, it is still possible to bring it down.”

The group is notorious for targeting big corporations and government entities. Sites targeted in the past include the United Nations, Xbox Live, U.S. Bank, Twitter, and YouTube.

Last week the group also released a video in which it claimed to have access to the servers of the United Nations, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and various banks, and threatened to take them down. “We are prepared to launch a global blackout of these websites” if Megaupload isn’t back online in 72 hours, the video said.

“We have access to banking and credit card information of millions of citizens. But as for the citizens, do not fear — for your accounts will not be compromised. This is simply to raise awareness — a demonstration to those that doubt our abilities. To those that support SOPA and PIPA. To those congressmen that want to vote yes on those bills. We are not f-ing playing. You have been warned.”

Author | Mich Atagana

Mich Atagana
Mich started out life wanting to be a theoretical physicist but soon realized that mathematics was required. So, she promptly let go of that dream. She then decided that law might be the best place for her talents, but with too many litigation classes missed in favour of feminist... More
  • FOOLS!

    Way to do research guys, both of those videos are fake. The channel was only created 4 days ago.
    Other reasons:
    1)This is NOT Anonymous’ official channel.

    2)The language and caliber of language used is not fitting to
    Anonymous’ cause, for it only makes people see them as illiterate and

    3)Anonymous always gives credit to the music it uses, and it NEVER uses techno. Anonymous
    uses music from Mozart only.
    4)Anonymous, while composed of people who are known to enjoy internet
    lingo and memes, would NEVER use so many in a PSA, especially not one
    so important as one trying to rally citizens against something as big as

    5)The fake voice they used in this video is NOT coherent with
    Anonymous’ previous videos, such as the ones protesting the passing of
    the NDAA.

  • Guest

    Also adding the the previous person’s reply, Anonymous doesn’t cuss in any other videos, it makes them look like they are overly pissed. They may be angry, but they never cuss when addressing the public. Idiots who follow this video have been spreading this nonsense over the weekend, and it’s false.

  • Darryl_lopes

    Facebook is the messenger, they said on Pastebin they would not kill the messenger.

    Dissapointed you do not check facts.

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