Guy Fawkes Nov 5

Somewhere, perhaps in boggy ol’ England, comic-book anarchist Alan Moore must be smiling. Or, more precisely, grinning a sly, wet smirk of intellectual satisfaction worthy of Guy Fawkes.

Moore, of course, is the legendary author who gave his title character in “V for Vendetta”a Guy Fawkes mask — a symbol of the British revolutionary who died at the gallows for his part in the Nov. 5, 1605, plot to blow up the House of Lords.

Anonymous is the “hacktivist” group that has donned the Guy Fawkes mask as its symbol of revolt. And Anonymous has resurfaced in the news this week, as the group has announced its Nov. 5 to blow up Facebook.

“The hackers have set the date for Facebook’s demise as November 5, 2011,” writes Rosie Gray of the Village Voice. “The reason? Ironically, they’re worried about privacy.” (Our Faster Forward blog notes that last year, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote in The Post: “We do not and never will sell any of your information to anyone.”)

Anonymous has posted a video [below] about its own gunpowder of a plot, which it’s dubbed Operation Facebook. And ZDNet has reported that the main Anonymous group does not support this plot.

via Guy Fawkes & the Anonymous Facebook Plot: V for Video of the Day – Comic Riffs – The Washington Post.

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