NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Hacker group ‘Anonymous’ has posted a video on YouTube threatening to “kill” the world’s largest social networking site, Facebook.
The move comes in the wake of recent raids targeting alleged members of the “hacktivist” group in Brooklyn and Long Island by the FBI.
“Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed,” says a computerized voice in the video. The voice on the tape says the group wants to “kill Facebook for the sake of your own privacy.”
The group alleges Facebook sells information to government agencies and allows information security firms to spy on users on behalf of foreign governments.
The group alleges deleting your Facebook account is effectively impossible: even if your account is deleted, your information is retained and can be recovered.
“One day you will look back on this and realize what we have done here is right,” the message continues.
Mashable.com reported that a Tweet from the group says some of its members are organizing the attack on Facebook, but the group as a whole does not necessarily support it.
Watch the Anonymous message:
In July, the FBI raided six homes while investigating the group for allegedly disrupting the websites of Visa and Mastercard last December. Computers were seized at the homes, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported. 14 people were arrested nationwide for allegedly conducting a cyber attack on PayPal’s website.
Facebook’s privacy settings have been a sore point for the company, which has made numerous attempts to adjust and simplify them. Nonetheless, many users have been dissatisfied with the degree to which they can easily control who has access to their information.
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