Facebook? Fox News? Who Will Anonymous Target Come Nov. 5?
By Damon Poeter | November 5, 2011
(PCMAG)–Will Anonymous celebrate Guy Fawkes Day with a bang or a whimper? Will the global hacktivist collective attempt to bring down Facebook and Fox News on Saturday—the deadline for those and other audacious “operations” some Anonymous factions have warned the world to expect on Nov. 5?
“Remember, remember the Fifth of November,” goes the popular verse that tells the tale of Guy Fawkes and the failed Gunpowder Plot. Fawkes, who attempted to blow up England’s House of Lords in 1605 and was hanged for it a year later, has become a sort of patron saint to Anonymous members, who often wear Guy Fawkes masks at public protests like Occupy Wall Street. Though Guy Fawkes Day has historically been celebrated in England for the unraveling of that plot, Alan Moore’s graphic novel V for Vendetta and a later film of the same name helped make Fawkes an anarchist anti-hero in popular culture.
Anonymous being what it is, not all of the hacking operations supposedly being planned for Nov. 5 should be taken seriously. It may be that there’s an Anonymous operation or two in the works for Saturday that hasn’t been announced, and that seemingly impossible tasks like Operation Facebook are just distractions.
We’ll know soon enough, but for now, let’s examine the plans for Guy Fawkes Day mayhem that some Anons have publicized with an eye towards gauging how likely each of these digital gunpowder plots are to happen. [...]
Hat Tip: Judy in NC