Facebook will not be targeted by Anonymous on Saturday, the hacking group said in one of its Twitter accounts, again distancing itself from a threat that has gotten broad publicity since it surfaced several months ago.
“We told you many times ddosing Facebook was a fake operation,” reads a message posted on Friday in the group’s AnonOps Twitter account.
The threat to “destroy” Facebook on November 5 via a DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack originated with a video posted on YouTube in mid-July.
However, the plan was never announced in Anonymous’ Twitter feeds nor on its blog, anonops.blogspot.com.
On August 10 the group said on Twitter that it wasn’t involved in planning a Facebook attack.
“WE DONT ‘KILL’ THE MESSENGER. THAT’S NOT OUR STYLE,” reads that post on the group’s AnonOps Twitter account.
In a statement released on Friday, Anonymous said the initiative against Facebook was led by an individual acting on his own, according to a Cnet report.
This man was warned to stop promoting the attack as an Anonymous action but he pressed on, so as retaliation Anonymous has released his name and contact information, including a phone number, according to the Cnet article.
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