Facebook ‘operation’ shows off Anonymous’s cracks

A group claiming to be part of the hacktivist collective Anonymous has declared war on Facebook — but they shouldn’t expect the support of the majority of their peers.

On a more mainstream Anonymous Twitter account, AnonOps, members of the group said that the announced attack on Facebook does not represent the views of all its members.

#OpFacebook is being organised by some Anons. This does not necessarily mean that all of #Anonymous agrees with it.Wed Aug 10 07:31:57 via webAnonOps
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Therein lies the problem for Anonymous, which has no public, central authority to control what is done in its name and what is not.

In a May report in the Financial Times, an established Anonymous hacker nicknamed Kayla addressed this issue.

“If you say you are Anonymous, and do something as Anonymous, then Anonymous did it,” the hacker told the newspaper. “Just because the rest of Anonymous might not agree with it doesn’t mean Anonymous didn’t do it.”

There are, however, some signs that the loose nature of the group is starting to grate on the nerves of more established members.

“The old hats of Anonymous have decided to take stronger hold of the reins,” a message on another Anonymous Twitter account, AnonyOps, read, after messages disowning the Facebook attack. “We're taking Anon back. Time for sensible, focused discussion.”

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

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