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Anonymous: 'not us, gov'

Between Sony, Nintendo, Amazon and The Sun, 2011 has been the year the great and the good were hacked. Lots of the high-profile hackings have been the work of Anonymous, a shady 'hacktivist' group that grew out of the notorious 4Chan messageboard. And so it sounded like a credible threat when a video appeared online recently in which Anonymous appeared to threaten to attack Facebook on Nov. 5, Guy Fawkes' Night. 'Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed,' someone claiming to be an Anonymous spokesman (arf) threatened.

Well, it turns out that this isn't exactly an official Anonymous operation. In fact, the hacker group was quick to distance itself from the threat. Earlier this week it tweeted, 'OpFacebook is being organised by some Anons. This does not necessarily mean that all of Anonymous agrees with it. We prefer to face the real power and not to face to the same medias [sic] that we use as tools.'

Of course, this could be an elaborate double-bluff, Anonymous trying to undo the damage of Facebook being given a chance to prepare for any attack. We guess we'll find out on November 5. Gunpowder, treason and plot indeed...

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