Anonymous has declared war on Facebook with a video that threatens some kind of operation on November 5, 2011. Cyberthreat or PSA about guarding your privacy with more zeal?
Prepare for a day that will go down in history. November 5, 2011. We are Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.
Well no one can ever accuse Anonymous of not having a flair for the dramatic. In a weird, voice-altered Youtube video message (below), complete with ominous music, Anonymous is announcing its intent of taking down Facebook on the aforementioned date of November 5. So if you've been threatening to nuke your Facebook profile in favor of Google+, maybe you should just hold tight and let your Anonymous friends do it for you. According to the message, they are doing it for the greater good and exhorting people to "kill Facebook for the sake of your own privacy."
So Anonymous has flung down the gauntlet, but is it a real threat of cyberwar or just an extremely over-the-top PSA to "citizens of the world" to guard their privacy a bit more and view the world with an extra dose of paranoia? Now being the cynical person that I am, I would only half-jokingly submit that there is a corporate Facebook competitor behind this and not a passionate legion of world hackers. But that's just me.
Of course, as you geeks probably already know, November 5 is the anniversary of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot, which was aimed at blowing up the House of Lords in England and assassinating King James I — also known as Guy Fawkes Day, also figuring significantly in the dystopian comic book series, V for Vendetta.