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Monday, January 23, 2012

Anonymous Attempts to "Bring Down" Facebook

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 11:02 AM

A day without Wikipedia was one thing, but can you imagine your life without Facebook? That's one way to test your allegiance to Anonymous, the online hacktivist group, best known locally for revealing personal information of BART police officers. The group is asking you to set aside your social-networking needs on Jan. 28 to help crash Facebook, in what it hopes will be a massive online protest.

According to a YouTube video released today purportedly by Anonymous, this attack needs to be coordinated at a specific time in order to successfully bring down Facebook's servers. So, the narrator asks that all of you who support this cause, please participate in this planned attack on Jan. 28 at midnight EST. The video narrator kindly gives specific instructions what you need to do.

"An online war has begun between Anonymous, the people, and the government of the United States," the narrator says, citing SOPA, PIPA and other perceived threats to Internet rights.

"Do not fear. There is no way you can get caught. They cannot take down that large of a group."

The video doesn't really make clear why Anonymous is picking on Facebook, but for some reason it associates the Bay Area tech company with the government.

"While it is true that Facebook has at least 60,000 servers, it is still possible to bring it down," according to the video. "Anonymous needs the help of the people, the people who want to take a stand against the government."

Anyway, here's your chance to show Facebook how you really feel about its crappy timeline feature that make public all your old, embarrassing photos.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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