From: Craig Phillips [] on behalf of Craig Phillips []

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Subject: Cocktail Talk - Anonymous Facebook


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Guy Fawkes Anonymous

WineIn a few short days, on November 5th, Guy Fawkes Day, the group "Anonymous" claims it will be taking down social media giant Facebook and ending the world as we know it.


Just who in the Dan Hill (not a real name) are these "Anonymous" guys anyway?


"Anonymous", widely accused of "initiating active civil disobedience" has origins dating back to 2003. It's popularity is spread through the internet by subcultures of the online user community.


Internet sites like Futaba and 4chan are credited with supporting, promoting and recruiting for Anonymous although they are both in Japanese and look more like soft core porno than radical political sites to me.


So who are Anonymous and how do they cause civil disobedience? They are your Mother, Sister, Brother and Son, and everyone using tape to hold their glasses together. They cause, among other things, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that shut down websites and computer networks.


A DDoS attack is just a traffic jam. Get a whole bunch of people from all over to go to a specific website or network and things shut down like the Kennedy Expressway at six. Since the attackers come from all over, are distributed, there's no one cause for shutting down the service.


Rumor has it that a little kid with AIDS was kept out of an Alabama Amusement Park's swimming pool. Outraged, Anonynous targeted a Second-Life* site that had a swimming pool for a DDoS attack. Thousands of new Users signed up to the site dressed in avatars** of a black man wearing a gray suit and Afro hairdo and blocked entry to the pool saying it was "Closed due to AIDS". They then splattered the site with Swastikas***, forcing the owners to shut it down. The site had nothing more to do with the Amusement Park than a wall does graffiti, but who cares if the innocent owners suffer.


Why attack on November 5th?


It seems whoever is in charge over there at Anonymous has watched "V for Vendetta" a few too many times and identifies with the male lead. The lead, who wore a mask of Guy Fawkes, convinced the masses to march on government, on November 5th, to shut it down. He also blew up the government buildings. 


(Anonymous supporters of Anonymous with Guy Fawkes "V" for Vendetta masks.)



What does this have to do with Guy Fawkes?


Guy (Guido) Fawkes, who cashed in his inheritance to go play soldier in the late 1500's, was part of a 13 person conspiracy to blow up Parliment because it wasn't Catholic enough. He got caught, ratted out the other 12, and committed suicide after watching them be put to death. On November 5th. For some reason he has a day named after him and is glorified in the movie "V for Vendetta" and now by Anonymous.


Why Facebook?


Facebook isn't government, or even Protestant as far as I know, or run by alien Masons, so it can't be man's struggle against oppression. Anonymous' ramble is below so you can read it for yourself and maybe you can figure it out. The news people can't figure it out, I can't figure it out, but one thing that keeps coming up like so much warm PBR, is a complaint about the difficulty in removing Facebook account stuff. 


Anonymous is coming down all righteous on this but maybe there's a more simple explaination. Is it possible someone, who shall remain Anonymous, has embarassing photos from last weekend's Dungeons and Dragons sleep-over posted on someone else's Facebook account and because he can't figure out how to delete them has gone into a Mountain Dew and Snickers fueled nerd rage?  Nah. Anonymous would only use it's power for good.


Like protecting us from little McKay Hatch and his No Cussing Club. "In January 2009 members of Anonymous targeted California teen McKay Hatch who runs the No Cussing Club, a website against profanity. As Hatch's home address, phone number, and other personal information were leaked on the internet, his family has received a lot of Hate Mail, lots of prank calls, and even bogus pizza delivery and pornography deliveries." (Wikipedia.)


Like sharing pornography with unsuspecting 12 year olds. "On May 20, 2009, members of Anonymous uploaded numerous pornographic videos onto YouTube. Many of these videos were disguised as children's videos or family friendly videos with tags such as "Jonas brothers." YouTube has since removed all videos uploaded. The BBC contacted one of the uploaders who stated that it was organized due to the removal of music videos from YouTube. BBC News reported that one victim posted a comment saying: "I'm 12 years old and what is this?" "(Wikipedia.)


What is Anonymous really upset with Facebook about? Here you go, straight from the horse's mouth, or maybe the other end;


Attention citizens of the world,


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. 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.


Facebook has been selling information to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms so that they can spy on people from all around the world. Some of these so-called whitehat infosec firms are working for authoritarian governments, such as those of Egypt and Syria.


Everything you do on Facebook stays on Facebook regardless of your "privacy" settings, and deleting your account is impossible, even if you "delete" your account, all your personal info stays on Facebook and can be recovered at any time. Changing the privacy settings to make your Facebook account more "private" is also a delusion. Facebook knows more about you than your family.


You cannot hide from the reality in which you, the people of the internet, live in. Facebook is the opposite of the Antisec cause. You are not safe from them nor from any government. One day you will look back on this and realise what we have done here is right, you will thank the rulers of the internet, we are not harming you but saving you.


The riots are underway. It is not a battle over the future of privacy and publicity. It is a battle for choice and informed consent. It's unfolding because people are being raped, tickled, molested, and confused into doing things where they don't understand the consequences. Facebook keeps saying that it gives users choices, but that is completely false. It gives users the illusion of and hides the details away from them "for their own good" while they then make millions off of you. When a service is "free," it really means they're making money off of you and your information.


Think for a while and prepare for a day that will go down in history. November 5 2011.


This is our world now. We exist without nationality, without religious bias. We have the right to not be surveilled, not be stalked, and not be used for profit. We have the right to not live as slaves.


We are anonymous 

We are legion

We do not forgive

We do not forget
Expect us


They sure sound mad. Maybe you agree with them, even sympathize with them, even want to join them. Remember this; Being a part of DDoS attacks, maybe even taking part in this Anonymous attack on Facebook, is punishable by 10 years in prison. At least according to the FBI. 


Maybe it's just a hoax. Some people say it is. I hope so. Because if it's real, and Facebook ceases to be, America's Colleges and Universities could see more window jumpers than the stock market crash of 1929. Headlines could read; "Facebook Destroyed. Death Toll Climbs!".


Facebook will be "destroyed" on November 5th, it's a hoax, it's for real, you're in, you're not, that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk. 


Thank you for reading,


Craig Phillips
CN Consulting, Inc.


* A make believe world where you can pretend to be cooler than you'll ever be in the real world.

** Avatars are cute little pictures associated with your online persona. ie, what you wish you were.

*** Why the Germans got blamed for this I don't know. At least they didn't blame the Masons.

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