Last week saw reports of Anonymous taking the form of a virtual wrecking ball and knocking down web sites of organizations related to the SOPA and PIPA bills, and the takedown of file hosting site Megaupload. These sites included the FBI, the MPAA, the RIAA and many others. But Anonymous is far from being done as it clearly showed on Sunday after taking down CBS.com, and in a video released on Monday.
According to the clip, Anonymous is now reaching out to everyone who backs the group's cause. Why? To knock Facebook off the internet map. "While it is true that Facebook has at least 60,000 servers, it is still possible to bring it down," the group states. "Anonymous needs the help of the people, the people who want to take a stand against the government, the people who want to make a difference. This is what we must do."
The group goes on to provide a link to the Low Orbit Ion Canon program, and even a link to Tor which can be used to (somewhat) safely browse the dark alleys and lower levels of the internet (aka Darknet). "Once downloaded, open the program and type in the URL space http://www.facebook.com and hit lock on," Anonymous continues. "It will tell you Facebook's IP address. Because there are different servers, there will be more than one IP address that will pop up on different instances, but they will all be similar."
After a few additional instructions, Anonymous states that everyone needs to attack all at once on January 28th at exactly 12am -- performing the attack at random times won't work, the group claims. What isn't exactly clear is why Facebook is a target at all given its stance with PIPA and SOPA. The group mentions the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, but didn't really explain its ties to Facebook.
This isn't the first time Anonymous has threatened Facebook. The group released a video claiming that the social network would come crashing down on November 5, but that never happened. Still, if the latest threat holds true and the site goes down on Saturday, the worst that could happen to its users is that they can't flood the feed with pixilated cartoons or minute-by-minute updates on the dog's latest trick.
"Do not fear," Anonymous states. "There is no way you can get caught. Hundreds of thousands of us citizens and those of the anonymous idea will all be participating. They cannot take down that large of a group. This is your chance, our chance. The fate of the internet rests in your hands, in our hands."
We'll likely hear more about the impending attack as we get closer to the weekend, so stay tuned.