Over the years I’ve noticed a love-hate relationship with Facebook developing. On the one hand, it seems like a marketing dream. On the other hand it’s a parent’s worst nightmare. When you consider the amount of information Facebook can now access via a user’s cellphone it indeed becomes scary. Smartphones with their tight integration into social networking sites allow for much more access to be shared than most users imagine. Every application you install on your phone has your implicit permission to access your data.
Anyway, a hackers group, Anonymous, is promising to take down Facebook on Guy Fawkes Day, 5 November. And the story has picked up attention from Gizodo, Business Insider & Village Voice. As a long time Internet users, and privacy advocate, I see their intention as good. However, as a former IT Security professional, I seriously doubt their ability to bring down Facebook. If anything they may cause a denial of service for an extended period. However, the next day, all the server should be back up and running. With the kind of investment Facebook has received, there is no doubt they won’t protect their assest, the user data with numerous backup strategies. So time will tell whether the prolific hacking group, Anonymous will succeed in their attempt to kill Facebook.
All this reminds me of the scene at the end of The Truman Show. As he accepts his freedom, the two security guards who’ve been avid fans, just look puzzled, and say to each other, “I wonder what else is on tv….” Whether Facebook lives or dies, this is the likely response to by the masses, “What else is out there?”