Remember the film V for Vendetta? You know the one—based on the comic of the same name, starring Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving, set in a dystopic future in London, and based on the efforts of Guy Fawkes, who “was arrested while guarding explosives beneath London’s House of Lords in an attempt to kill numerous politicians and King James I” on November 5, 1605, which is now known as Guy Fawkes Night? Well, turns out the civil disobedience group Anonymous remembers the fifth of November, and Guy Fawkes, too, and are threatening an assault on Facebook on November 5th.
According to The L.A. Times:
A single video was published to a YouTube account called FacebookOp, claiming to be from Anonymous that said the group would be hacking into Facebook and taking the site down.
“We wish to get your attention, hoping you heed the warnings as follows: Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed,” reads a written statement posted in the YouTube description of the video. “If you are a willing hacktivist or a guy who just wants to protect the freedom of information then join the cause and kill facebook for the sake of your own privacy.”
Whoever posted the video — whether actually from members of Anonymous or someone claiming to be affiliated with the group — said the reasoning behind the planned 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. Some of these so-called whitehat infosec firms are working for authoritarian governments, such as those of Egypt and Syria.”
“The riots are underway. It is not a battle over the future of privacy and publicity. It is a battle for choice and informed consent. It’s unfolding because people are being raped, tickled, molested, and confused into doing things where they don’t understand the consequences. Facebook keeps saying that it gives users choices, but that is completely false. It gives users the illusion of and hides the details away from them “for their own good” while they then make millions off of you. When a service is ‘free,’ it really means they’re making money off of you and your information.”
So there you have it—prepare to liberated by a group of people who say they know what’s better for you while they stand beneath the banner of a guy made popular in a comic book and a Wachoski brothers film. Freedom!
What do you think of Anonymous’ threat?