One of the largest and known hacking group has now aiming its guns on the social networking giant Facebook. Collective Anonymous said they are aiming to shut-down Facebook particularly on November 5 and make a strong statement to the people around the world. According to reports, Anonymous is targeting Facebook since the company sells information to government agencies for the purpose of spying.
In a YouTube video where they made the warning, the group said”Everything you do on Facebook stays on Facebook regardless of your privacy settings, and deleting your account is impossible, even if you delete your account, all your personal info stays on Facebook and can be recovered at any time”. Anonymous choose November 5 since it is the same date in 1605 when Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators attempted to blow up the British House of Lords and kill King James.
The anti-government vigilante known as “V” in the movie and comic series V for Vendetta wears a mask bearing Fawkes’ likeness. It was learned that V has become a mascot for Anonymous, and members often wear a similar mask when attending public protests and other organized events. Hacking and shutting down Facebook will be huge and challenging task for the hacking organization since the latter has employed highly skilled computer experts to protect its website.
If ever Facebook indeed shuts-down on November 5 it just mean one thing the hacking group had won. However, if Facebook remains active and working on November 5 one thing is certain the hackers had failed on its quest to put down the widely popular social networking website.
Anonymous is gaining notoriety in the internet world lately after they shut down many government and police websites around the world. The name Anonymous itself is inspired by the perceived anonymity under which users post images and comme nts on the Internet. Usage of the term Anonymous in the sense of a shared identity began on imageboards. A tag of Anonymous is assigned to visitors who leave comments without identifying the originator of the posted content.
Users of imageboards sometimes jokingly acted as if Anonymous were a real person. As the popularity of imageboards increased, the idea of Anonymous as a collective of unnamed individuals became an internet meme. Anonymous broadly represents the concept of any and all people as an unnamed collective. As a multiple-use name, individuals who share in the “Anonymous” moniker also adopt a shared online identity, characterized as hedonistic and uninhibited. This is intended as a satirical, conscious adoption of the online distribution effect.