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November 4th, 2011

The end is near – Facebook’s day of Destruction

T minus 8 hours until we see if the threats of the hacktivist group Anonymous are fulfilled. November 5 is the scheduled demise of Facebook, according to a YouTube “press release” published months ago, and since removed. Last August a rally cry went out to willing hacktivists or guys who want “to protect the freedom of information” to “join the cause and kill facebook for the sake of your own privacy.” It seems that this group has the technical chops to do it too – these are the same folks who brought us publicized attacks on the IMF, Sony and the Iranian government.

However, there is an indication that the big take-down won’t happen. The OP_Facebook account which was fairly active in the beginning has been pretty dead since last month.  And the larger group has distanced themselves from the threat. Earlier today on AnonOps, one of the Twitter accounts regularly used by the Anonymous group, they tweeted, “We told you many times ddosing Facebook was a fake operation.”

So the world’s most popular social networking site will probably live to see another day. But maybe the threat of attack issued by Anonymous was designed to make us think about Facebook and their dalliances with individuals’ privacy. Facebook admitted this September that they had been tracking their 750 million users, even after they logged out of Facebook, using browsing monitoring cookies. The stated reasons were for security and fraud prevention.

We hope to see Facebook survive, if only for our thriving avast! antivirus page. It’s a great way to interact with like-minded people and learn a thing or two from you and share things about avast!. If Facebook is still around tomorrow, please share with a friend.

  • RejZoR

    Then again, why do we need all the private info nonsense in any kind of services? Or the tracking of users outside FB? Security and fraud protection my bottom.
    What was wrong with the way how forums work for ages. You can either use your real name or a nick, you can decide to give out your email and your coarse location. Usually just a major city or a country so others can sort of know where you come from. Do we walk around in T-shirts with our full name, birth date and adddress written on them so everyone can see it? Of course not. So why should electronic info be treated any different? The biggest problem is that we all know you’re not suppose to give out private info to unknown people but ppl seem to forget that when they are online. There are still humans behind other accounts and as such they can abuse your info in real life as well. But no one seems to be doing much about it and they all seem to want leaking out massive amounts of personal data.
    I also don’t quite understand security companies actually encouraging users to use FB. Ok, use it, but it wouldn’t hurt educating users properly first before you do that…

  • philipsinbox

    Most of these Facebook users have lost their privacy a long time ago to the likes of Google/youTube and its spyware browser. This is a company that has been prosecuted three times for stealing passwords from unsafe routers. The code use for stealing these passwords was accidentally used in a number of European countries. How many times do you have to do something for it not to be called an accident. Google/YouTube uses cookie tracking IP profiling and is Hillary Clinton’s favourite search engine. They always cooperate with the Patriot act. Their e-mail system scans e-mails to create a profile of the user for advertising reasons.

    Not even Microsoft in the bad old days as acted as bad as Google. They even ask people for their mobile telephone numbers. Mobile telephones act the same way as a satellite navigation system they can actually track your movements. To think this company Google contributes coding to the Linux desktop system.

    “You can make money without doing evil.”

  • Tech

    It’s not dead…