Anonymous has decided to expand the scope of its attacks on Guy Fawkes Day, which is celebrated on Nov. 5 in the U.K. They had previously announced they planned to erase Facebook from the Internet on that day, but now they are planning a “live” protest against banks and an online attack on right-wing news network Fox News.
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The latter two would seem to be related to the Occupy Wall Street movement (now Occupy Global) and Anonymous / LulzSec’s Antisec campaign. The attack on Facebook would seem to be somewhat confusing, except that earlier Anonymous said that “Facebook has been selling information to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms,” which would again seem to fit into Antisec.
Those who have been watching Anonymous over the years will recall their fascination with Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot which was a failed assassination attempt against King James I of England. The mask used by the Guy Fawkes character in “V for Vendetta,” for example, has become a ubiquitous symbol for “Anonymous.”
Anonymous anti-bank operation has been announced twice, in two different videos, with two different names, but the message is consistent. “Operation Cash Back” or “Operation Cash Run,” either one, is a call for a community protest against large banks. The idea is to move your money from big banks to local credit unions. Nov. 5 has already been named “Bank Transfer Day,” as part of the “Move Your Money” project.
Anonymous seems to simply be supporting that project, and that date.
The anti-Fox News project is named “Operation Fox Hunt.” Anonymous has released two videos on the matter (below). The second of the two has the following blurb attached to it.
FOX News, it has come to our attention that you have been alienating the American people by propagating the left-right false-dichotomy, promoting fear by exaggerating the threat of terrorist attacks, supporting the corporate astro-turfed Tea party and trying to pass it off as a grass roots movement, using derogatory language to describe the popular, real grass-roots Occupy movement, and covering up corporate corruption by forcing your employees to lie on the air.
Whether or not the cyber attacks come to fruition remains to be seen. [The “Operation Cash Back” movement, as it is just part of “Bank Transfer Day,” probably isn’t an issue.] Anonymous, however, is really a loosely tied together group of hackers, and sometimes sub-groups “argue” with each other.
Still, in terms of “Operation Fox Hunt,” the group’s Antisec campaign has produced many “successes” (depending on your point of view), and Anonymous’ support of Occupy Wall Street is well known. The Facebook campaign seems a little strange; there has been no confirmed information that the company is selling information to government agencies.
You can watch the videos referred to in this article in the sidebar.