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Facebook to be Hacked!?

It was noted yesterday by HuffPost that Facebook is being targeted to be hacked on November 5, 2011.  The hacker group Anonymous is said to be behind the possibly attack, but will it happen? Anonymous is known for its attacks on security company HBGary Federal, which had thousands of emails stolen, PayPal, Booz Allen Hamilton, which had 90,000 emails stolen belonging to military officials, and more.

Updated about 4 hours later, HuffPost stated Anonymous’ twitter account posted a tweet saying, “OpFacebook is being organised by some Anons. This does not necessarily mean that all of #Anonymous agrees with it.” Anonymous states, “Anonymous is a mindset not a group. Mindsets do not have leaders.” Some members can agree with an operation or not. Any member can propose an operation, but not every Anon member has to go through with it. Even though Anonymous clarified and apologized for the misunderstanding, the attack could potentially go through. Come to think of it though, without the whole Anonymous team backing this operation, it’s hard to believe Facebook could even be touched.

What do you think? For the complete articles and the YouTube video that expresses the threat, please check out the links below. Until next week!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/10/hacker-group-anonymous-facebook_n_922691.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009

http://gizmodo.com/5829353/anonymous-to-destroy-facebook-on-november-5th

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