The online band of merry hackers known as Anonymous has decided to join in the spirit of rioting youth on UK street by bringing its own form of non-violent protest to Britsh web properties.
In a missive aimed at "Citizens of Great Britain" (actually we're subjects, guys) the outfit catalogues the crimes of the criminal classes that rule our roost and have begun putting together a list of potential targets, ranging from Barclays Bank through Vodafone, arms dealer Lockheed Martin to the likes of MPs Nadine Dorries and Louise Mensch.
The hacker-activist group Anonymous threatened cyber attacks against the Fullerton Police Department and the Bay Area Rapid Transit system after controversial police confrontations.
The threat to hack the Fullerton police website was in response to the death of homeless man Kelly Thomas during a confrontation with officers. The city deployed its information technology staff to secure computers and electronic communications and monitor the systems for any intrusions.
A YouTube video claiming to be from Anonymous said that the group would attack Facebook in November this year. The video claimed that Anonymous would “kill” Facebook because it abused its users privacy.
Since the hacking group is a loose affiliation of anonymous individuals, even a spokesman for Anonymous admitted that he didn’t know whether the threat was genuine.
The more Facebook seems to dominate the world, the closer it seems to be to its end.
Earlier this year, there was dastardly nonsense being peddled that Facebook would shut down March 15. However, now we have news of an apparently credible threat. It comes from Anonymous, the interesting group of people who express their principles in an activist way by infiltrating the systems of the unsuspecting or the merely complacent.
Not all hackers are united. That could not be more evident based on the latest hacking attempt, this time on Anonymous rather than by its own members.
Of course, Anonymous did do something to incite the attack. The worldwide network recently took credit for defacing Syria's Ministry of Defence website, which prompted some loyal citizens and hackers to strike back. They did so by posting the following message with some disturbing photographs on Anonymous' social network, AnonPlus.