Hackers belonging to the Anonymous group announced on Tuesday that they plan to attack Facebook on January 28. The announcement was made through a video message in which the narrator states that all the 60,000 servers that are used for the social network will be brought down on Saturday, says CNET.
The group of hackers who attacked sites belonging to Warner Bros, CBS and FBI last week, produced another Anonymous video on Tuesday. The YouTube message states that Facebook is the next target of the group and the attack will take place on January 28. CNET reporters have contacted Anonymous who said the video doesn’t belong to them.
A similar attack against the social network was announced on November 5, 2011. Back then, the hackers claimed that Facebook sells the personal information of their customers to various governments around the world. The attack was meant to restore freedom among the users of the Internet. Given that the November 5 attack never took place, authorities believe that the upcoming event on January 28 is not real, either.
Facebook’s spokespersons told the press that the social network is ready for any type of attack, coming from the Anonymous or from other hackers. They further declared that the company is continuously expanding and, therefore, it is the subject of many online attacks. As a consequence, Facebook has learned to develop partnerships, backend systems and protocols in order to stay fully protected. The spokespersons ended their declaration by reassuring Facebook users that their private information was, is and will always remain protected.
Based on the information provided by the video message, people who are against Facebook should rally on Saturday, January 28 at 12 a.m. Hackers invite their supporters to download the program they have created and thus, begin the attack. In the end, they reassure everyone that authorities will not be able to identify them because they cannot take down such large groups of protesters.
The November 5 threat was planned because Facebook allegedly sold its users’ private information to governments, but the motif behind the current video message remains unknown. It is believed that the company’s relatively tardy opposition to SOPA triggered some hackers’ discontent.