Latest Anonymous video targets Facebook on January 28

By on January 23, 2012, 1:30 PM

A new video posted on YouTube claims that the hacktivist group Anonymous is planning to take down Facebook on January 28 as part of what they are calling Operation Global Blackout Part 2. The voice in the video claims responsibility for the recent attacks on CBS, Warner Brothers and the FBI, although as with previous claims to crash Facebook servers, it can be tough to determine if this is a real Anonymous threat or simply another copy-cat with no links to the loose-knit organization.

CNET points out that the YouTube account associated with this latest video appears to have some legit connections with Anonymous as there are more than one of the group’s videos posted on the channel.

In the video, viewers are encouraged to be a part of the first official cyber war and help bring Facebook down. It’s unclear why Facebook is being targeted specifically – perhaps they want to show what could happen to sites like Facebook if SOPA were to be passed - but nevertheless, the group is recruiting users to download a program called Low Orbit Ion Cannon.

LOIC is an open source network stress testing and denial-of-service attack application. The voice further goes on to explain how to use the app to attack Facebook but points out that if done randomly, it won’t work as Facebook has over 60,000 servers worldwide. As such, Anonymous is calling for a massive group attack at 12am on January 28. Users are encouraged to not be afraid of getting caught as “they” cannot take down such a large group of participants.

The fate of the Internet, according to Anonymous, rests in your hands.




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TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Morons - complete and total morons.

tehbanz tehbanz said:

TomSEA said:

Morons - complete and total morons.

think about it, (hear me out i'm not supporting anon and will likely not join the attack) but what 'the voice' says is true. Our freedoms are at risk and something needs to be done about it. Gone are the days when the people have a say anymore without radical attention. We cannot idly sit by and let this happen, imagine if our founding fathers never stood up for the atrocities committed against the Americans. We'd all have poor dental hygiene and be drinking tea! SOMETHING radical needs to happen for big brother to realize they CANNOT take this away from us, that if they do, something big can and will happen.

Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

Why?

Why attack Facebook?

These anonfags just want to try to get girl's email accounts so they can hack their photo upload sites for self shot nudies.

Anonymous needs to get laid? lol

Guest said:

Facebook is a tool in the hands of companies. Kill it.

j05hh j05hh said:

These guys are morons, move out of your parents basement and do something constructive.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

tehbanz - what freedoms have you personally had removed? You mean the "freedom" to steal other people's copyrighted products? Well I don't do that - I pay for what I want. The only other item I can think of is SOPA/PIPA and now that's a non-issue. So what freedom's are you talking about? What "radical attention" are you referring to because I sure don't see or experience it.

Chazz said:

Let's ignore the fact that facebook was a key factor in spreading the word about SOPA/PIPA. These guys are retarded.

EXCellR8 EXCellR8, The Conservative, said:

i feel like facebook going down for a few would do a LOT of people good, not that i support these dumb hack attacks. i still laugh in the face of SOPA/PIPA and don't think any of it will be adopted, but in the mean time hacking doesn't really seem like the correct retaliation.

Guest said:

For example: The record industry claims we do NOT own the music we purchase. We only have the right to use it...not own it. They have the right to retain that music anytime they want. Do not sit by blindly and assume you have all the liberties you think you have. You are a good example of what is wrong with this country. Your idea would be to let the government make decisions for you so you have more time to shop at WalMart. Wake up to what's out there. Stop burying your head.

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

TomSEA said:

tehbanz - what freedoms have you personally had removed? You mean the "freedom" to steal other people's copyrighted products? Well I don't do that - I pay for what I want. The only other item I can think of is SOPA/PIPA and now that's a non-issue. So what freedom's are you talking about? What "radical attention" are you referring to because I sure don't see or experience it.

SOPA/PIPA were not the first, nor will they be the last bills attempting to put unreasonable controls on the internet. The point is they are FAR from being "a non-issue". Payments have been made for garbage bills like these to be passed, so they will try again and again. Two big items to be concerned with are privacy and security. Both are being compromised in the name of profits. Don't think for a second that someone like Lamar Smith gives a damn whether or not artists are losing their jobs.

UnknownSky said:

Hmm...wonder if Myspace will get a breath of life while Facebook is down :o

ikesmasher said:

this is freaking stupid...I would LOVE to hear their reasoning for doing this.

ikesmasher said:

Guest said:

Facebook is a tool in the hands of companies. Kill it.

that doesn't even make any sense.

Adhmuz Adhmuz, TechSpot Paladin, said:

"Online War" BWAHAHAHAHAHA this isn't war, this is Politics. Internet Rights? What? They don't exist, sorry the Internet is NOT a right, it is a PRIVILEGE don't ever forget that. Taking a stand against the government? Who's government? Isn't that just anarchy? SO lets promote Anarchy cause thats cool right. So join us in our pointless fight against the Internet, that way you too can be blocked from connecting to Facebook in the future. Are people this blaintainly oblivious? You do realize that it's only a matter of time before these sites just start blocking IP addresses. This in my opinion is a bigger threat than anything else, go ahead get your IP blacklisted then see how effective you are at DDoS'ing. Oh and by taking down Facebook, what exactly is accomplished? Yes believe you can't be caught thats great, your IP is saved on their servers and when the time comes it will be given to the FBI or whatever agency is gathering up your IPs for later use. Oh how I hope whoever participates in this BS gets blacklisted permanently. I'm not pro SOPA/PIPA, I just don;t believe what these clowns are doing solves anything. It just makes things worse in the long run.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

"Two big items to be concerned with are privacy and security. Both are being compromised in the name of profits." Besides SOPA/PIPA - which is no longer relevant, tell me how my privacy and security are being violated. That is by anyone other than the ****** who call themselves anonymous.

Guest said:

Oh God /facepalm

Are you saying SOPA and PIPA should of been implemented or they are OK legislations, or do you support them?

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

trillionsin said:

Why?

Why attack Facebook?

These anonfags just want to try to get girl's email accounts so they can hack their photo upload sites for self shot nudies.

Anonymous needs to get laid? lol

What you mean fags? In what meaning, sorry you are misleading in the language you use. Fags as in Cigarettes?

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Apparently this attack is fake, any research has been done to prove that Anon is going to do this? Apparently one of the Youtube comments said:

"THATS FAKEEE!!! AnonymousPeru and AnonBrazil says "WE DO NOT ATTTACK TWITTER OR FACEBOOK" STOP? TROLLING AND TRYING TO TANGO DOWN ANONYMOUS!"

Source?

Darkshadoe Darkshadoe said:

The video mentioned that they wanted everyone to do this at the same time, 12am on January 28, yet it did not mention in which time zone.

So much for a coordinated attack.

Guest said:

This is FAKE!!

https://twitter.com/anonops/status/161535637542019072

Opus Opus said:

I would say avoid these kind of method. It would yield nothing,? only temp solution or may be annoyance. Pressurize your representatives in congress and senate to oppose this. Be heard by the logic not by violence.

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

TomSEA said:

"Two big items to be concerned with are privacy and security. Both are being compromised in the name of profits." Besides SOPA/PIPA - which is no longer relevant, tell me how my privacy and security are being violated. That is by anyone other than the ****** who call themselves anonymous.

1.Explain how in the hell SOPA/PIPA are no longer relevant... being shelved means it just won't happen right now. Look at the statements made by MPAA/RIAA officials and tell me they won't push for something similar.

2. ACTA

3.I do not agree with anon but if you think they are the only ones who threaten your privacy/security I hope you are at least certified in some type of cyber security otherwise you are likely wrong.

Guest said:

Well if it isnt ANON threatening Facebook, then I would think ANON might want to do something about ppl poseing as them. I personally cant stand Facebook. I feel it has helped replace actual personal contact. So an attack on FB would only cause ppl to do somethinf they havent had to do in awhile. Actually call mom and dad.

Guest said:

Constructive what ? block internet?

Guest said:

FaceBook is the Devil.... it has hynotized the people. They vanity gluttons and narcissistic...lol. 2012 baby...I see Jupiter aligning.

Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

artix said:

trillionsin said:

Why?

Why attack Facebook?

These anonfags just want to try to get girl's email accounts so they can hack their photo upload sites for self shot nudies.

Anonymous needs to get laid? lol

What you mean fags? In what meaning, sorry you are misleading in the language you use. Fags as in Cigarettes?

No, no, no, no.... fag as in a bundle of sticks.

Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

darkshadoe said:

The video mentioned that they wanted everyone to do this at the same time, 12am on January 28, yet it did not mention in which time zone.

So much for a coordinated attack.

Time Zone? What you think this attack would (if it were to even happen) be only an hour long? Nah, this'll be an all day thing.

Guest said:

there protesting censorship, and if you think that the government censoring the internet is not that big a deal then you need to read a history book. its happened many times in the past. Rome for instance, was free, then the government said we need to take some civil liberties away for security. guess what that opened the door for dictator ship. i don't want that personally. if we keep allowing the government to take a few rights away here and there it will just keep opening the door for dictatorship.

my great analogy i use when i discuss this with my peers is,

im a home owner, i hire a exterminator to kill the rats living in my house, as a exterminator you should take care of the problem by killing every rat, not by demolishing my home, yes demolishing my home would alleviate the problem and future problems of rats living in my house, but that's not what the exterminator is hired for.

the government should take care of the problem by taking care of the pirates. not by destroying the free internet. and yes the internet is a right. its freedom of speech its right to self express. its information.

as long as we keep letting the government take away our freedom for security or for no reason at all. then we are taking more steps further into opening the door for this land to not be free.

monkeychef23 monkeychef23 said:

Completely fake, do some homework TechSpot. I love you, but you can't derp like this.

Guest said:

Zuck will probably laugh and fart at the same time because this will never work. He probably already have a designed mechanism to "time out" multi requests from a single or group of addresses. Secondly, even if it does work, since he knows when it will occur, he'll have temporary resources ready on standby in a finger snap. Facebook? Oh, Please.

Guest said:

Reasoning? It's about ACTA. If ACTA goes through it will be much worse than SOPA, PIPA, or PCFIPA. I've signed the partitions, but what else can we do? That's not a rhetorical question, what should we do? We can't stand by while the internet is destroyed and our rights to privacy are ripped away.

Anonymous goes to extremes. While many don't agree with the tactic, the result is the right one. If you can think of a better and more impacting way to spread the word about ACTA, share your ideas. Otherwise it's obvious the point here, if Facebook is taken down in the name of stopping ACTA it will make world televised news. Then we could actually get together and protest in the streets... No one is going to go in the to protest if they don't know about it.

Guest said:

Yes, I agree the govt SHOULD be making all of our decisions for us as we are too dumb to do it ourselves. We also should be told where to work and live and if you have a disability and are unable to work, you should be shot. Being poor should be a felony, just like being black or brown is. All of our children should be taken from us at birth and raised the "RIGHT" way by for profit private corporations. If you have a chronic medical condition and are unproductive, up against the wall. As "SUPERPERSONS", corporations should be the only entities allowed to own anything. Possession of food by anyone with a net worth of less than 10 million dollars is punishable by death. Clean air and water are only available to those with the means to pay in gold. For "SUPERPERSONS", all necessities and luxury items will be supplied at no cost. Starting immediately, the "SUPERPERSON" B of A is the acting dictator and will rule by decree.

If you believe any of this can't happen, you're not paying attention.

Shutting down Facebook is a good start. Then on to "SUPERPERSON" B of A.

omegafate omegafate said:

Adhmuz said:

"Online War" BWAHAHAHAHAHA this isn't war, this is Politics. Internet Rights? What? They don't exist, sorry the Internet is NOT a right, it is a PRIVILEGE don't ever forget that. Taking a stand against the government? Who's government? Isn't that just anarchy? SO lets promote Anarchy cause thats cool right. So join us in our pointless fight against the Internet, that way you too can be blocked from connecting to Facebook in the future. Are people this blaintainly oblivious? You do realize that it's only a matter of time before these sites just start blocking IP addresses. This in my opinion is a bigger threat than anything else, go ahead get your IP blacklisted then see how effective you are at DDoS'ing. Oh and by taking down Facebook, what exactly is accomplished? Yes believe you can't be caught thats great, your IP is saved on their servers and when the time comes it will be given to the FBI or whatever agency is gathering up your IPs for later use. Oh how I hope whoever participates in this BS gets blacklisted permanently. I'm not pro SOPA/PIPA, I just don;t believe what these clowns are doing solves anything. It just makes things worse in the long run.

a privilege huh. thats the kind of asinine thinking that got us were we are today, being human is not a privilege nor a right its how it is we think for our selves and do as we please, no one can give us the privilege nor the right to do shit especially on the internet. and as of the "Online war" there is one and its actually called "cyber war", its actually happening you just dont hear much about it other than the chinese and anon attacks. quit being so goody two shoes your not winning wars by being "batman,superman or any other honorable superhero who fights for our government,its ******* pathetic lol.

i just dont get assholes like this, they are ground in to a pulp in the old american ways and its ridiculous. pfft privilege my ass. just because arpnet was founded by the military doesnt meen they own it. becouse in the end result the government is not a government if it is controlled by right wingers and there corporations, and the dumbshit left wingers who want to control shit.

so in the end result it doesnt help being a patriot in this climate of shit were in. ok XD

Night Hacker Night Hacker said:

This actually sounds more like something the government might do to turn the public against them. /shrug

Mindwraith said:

but facebook is against SOPA right? does Anon have ANY thought process behind their actions?

Guest said:

According to the AnonOps twitter, this video is a fake.

https://twitter.com/#!/anonops

Guest said:

I think this threat not done by ANON (that 'ANON'), it merely done by another party using ANON's name.. probably only bunch of hackers who want show-off their skills.

real ANON (that 'ANON') won't do such shameless-low level threat like this, attacking social networks,.. just use your common sense, by doing this, they only just making bad reputation which make global users of internet become enemies to ANON..

Guest said:

UnknownSky: Nice one.

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

trillionsin said:

artix said:

trillionsin said:

Why?

Why attack Facebook?

These anonfags just want to try to get girl's email accounts so they can hack their photo upload sites for self shot nudies.

Anonymous needs to get laid? lol

What you mean fags? In what meaning, sorry you are misleading in the language you use. Fags as in Cigarettes?

No, no, no, no.... fag as in a bundle of sticks.

Ah I see ^^ So many meanings for it, language of interpretation :X

Guest said:

Lets see if the mighty power of Anonymous is thwarted by Facebook. (I bet that would seriously embarrass Anonymous)

Guest said:

If dumb and ***** mean: taking down the FBI's and many other websites then posting a video on youtube saying "i did it" and still not being caught then i wish i was as dumb and moronic as these people.

Guest said:

So when am I going to see the fight between anonymous and Batman?

Darkshadoe Darkshadoe said:

trillionsin said:

darkshadoe said:

The video mentioned that they wanted everyone to do this at the same time, 12am on January 28, yet it did not mention in which time zone.

So much for a coordinated attack.

Time Zone? What you think this attack would (if it were to even happen) be only an hour long? Nah, this'll be an all day thing.

No..you misunderstand.

I believe that in the video they were giving instructions for everyone who was participating to all start at the same time. Well, not everyone lives in the same time zone. So if or when its starts, are they starting EST, PST, GMT? I kinda figured it would be an all day thing.

I thought it was kind of an important and shows how organized these guys really are.

matrix86 matrix86 said:

from the video:

Do not fear... There is no way you can get caught... Hundreds of thousands of us citizens and those of the anonymous idea will all be participating... They cannot take down that large of a group...

.......................HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!! Either Anon really is this stupid, or as most are suspecting, this video is fake. Sure, not every single participant would get caught, but you know they'd still go after those they could.

Guest said:

if this is legit, anon will take facebook straight to the ground. to those who are asking why and running their mouths- you evidently did not read the article above..

fimbles fimbles said:

Facebook stores all your information. pictures ect, And is quite willing to sell that info to the highest bidder.

Dont be surprised if you find your photo on a billboard advertising thrush/herpes treatments.

Unlikely i know, but possible.

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