Is Infamous Hacking Group Planning to 'Kill' Facebook in November Attack?

August 15, 2011 Updated Aug 15, 2011 at 10:06 AM EDT

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Is Infamous Hacking Group Planning to 'Kill' Facebook in November Attack?

August 15, 2011 Updated Aug 15, 2011 at 10:06 AM EDT

LOS ANGLES (LOS ANGELES TIMES) - A single video published to YouTube claiming to be from the infamous hacking group known as Anonymous, said the group would be hacking into Facebook and taking the site down on November 5th

"We wish to get your attention, hoping you heed the warnings as follows: Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed," reads a written statement posted in the YouTube description of the video. "If you are a willing hacktivist or a guy who just wants to protect the freedom of information then join the cause and kill facebook for the sake of your own privacy."

The reasoning behind the planned attack is allegations of Facebook selling users personal information to government agencies.

The video was shared on Twitter on July 16, the day the video first hit YouTube, by a user going by the name of Op_Facebook. The tweet to share the video has been the only message sent from that account so far and no other videos have been uploaded to YouTube.

Anonymous has about a dozen Twitter and YouTube accounts and has a loose structure with no one leader or spokesperson representing the group.

In the past, they have claimed hacks into the Iranian government, PayPal, Visa and tech companies working for the FBI and other government agencies.

It is difficult to gauge how much weight is or isn't behind this seemingly ignored threat made against Facebook, given the largely undefined barriers as to what Anonymous is or isn't

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