A video, dubbed ‘Operation Facebook,’ was posted July 16, on youtube, from someone claiming to be affiliated with the group. The video said the reasoning behind the planned hack attack was allegations of Facebook selling its users’ personal information to government agencies “so that they can spy on people from all around the world. As Facebook’s popularity appears to be increasing, many questions still remain over the sites privacy issues – there are fears that the information uploaded by users will be passed on to other sources. Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has publicly said “We do not and never will sell any of your information to anyone.”
Anonymous, is a loosely knit group that says it is motivated by the fight for “internet freedom,” it has previously taken credit for ideologically motivated attacks on several governments including Egypt, Tunisia and Iran as well as law enforcement agencies and big companies such as MasterCard and Visa.
Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder and CEO of Kaspersky Lab and a security expert, poured scorn on the threat and used Twitter to say: ‘The news around #Anonymous to attack #Facebook on Nov 5 most probably is fake.’ Facebook was started in 2004 and has more than 750 million users worldwide. Its 27-year-old CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is thought to be worth $13.5 billion according to Forbes.
Facebook officials were unavailable for comment on the video or the allegedly planned attack.