Vendetta? Image: Hawken King/Flickr.
A YouTube video clip announcing an imminent Anonymous attack against Facebook has been denounced as fake by the infamous hacktivst group.
The video in question claimed the world’s leading social network would be pulled offline by Anonymous on January 28 at 12:00 a.m. EST as a reaction to the contentious Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).
“An online war has begun between Anonymous, the people, and the government of the United States,” the faceless video clip outlined.
“While it is true that Facebook has at least 60,000 servers, it is still possible to bring it down,” the message continued, while linking the targeting of Facebook with related reactionary attacks against sites held by CBS, Warner Bros. and even the FBI.
However, speaking through an AnonOps Twitter account that has a reliable and long-standing association with Anonymous, the group has rubbished the clip’s content and insisted it has no plans to sink Zuckerberg’s battleship.
“Again we must say that we will not attack #Facebook!” it offered in a brief tweet post. “Again the mass media lie.”
The authenticity of the attack claim had been called into doubt prior to the AnonOps post, not least because Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had himself openly criticized SOPA and PIPA in a tweet that linked directly to a longer message on his personal Facebook page.
But, remaining ever vigilant against all forms of online attack, Facebook reacted to the initial video clip by saying it works tirelessly to protect user information and is prepared and expects an Anonymous attack, just like it expects any other attack, from any other source, on any other day.