The media has been buzzing the past day or so about “Operation Facebook” which was announced on YouTube by Anonymous. Anonymous is the hacker collective made famous for their attacks in support of Wikileaks earlier this year. Their type of politically motivated hacking is quite different from the profit motivated cyber crime hacking I write about in my novel “Counting from Zero”.
While this has been big news, other Anonymous sources have disavowed the attack. Whether this was planned then abandoned by Anonymous, or in fact just the work of Anonymous wannabes isn’t at all clear. Whether there is a actual attack planned or they are looking for zero day exploits is also debatable.
Regardless, everyone should be careful what information they post on social media sites such as Facebook. Your privacy depends on a lot of factors, including your own privacy settings, the privacy settings of your friends, the security of your computer and your friends computers, and ultimately the security of the entire Facebook site. You should not post anything to Facebook that you wouldn’t embarrass you if it showed up on Wikileaks next week.
I was interviewed on KMOV-TV News last night about this issue. You can watch the short segment here.
With regards to Facebook privacy, there is another less well known issue – Facebook tracking of your web browsing using widgets, but this is a topic for another day…