PALO ALTO, Calif. – The Anonymous internet hacking group is planning to "kill" Facebook and has announced the date it will attempt do so, in a statement gaining prominence Tuesday.
In a YouTube video, the hacking group warns, "Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed."
"If you are a willing hacktivist or a guy who just wants to protect the freedom of information then join the cause and kill Facebook for the sake of your own privacy."
The group said in its message that "Operation Facebook" would begin November 5. It claimed the social network, based in Palo Alto,Calif., provides information to "government agencies" so they can "spy on people."
While not necessarily a single entity, Anonymous links hackers across the word with the goal of committing acts of civil disobedience online.
Most recently, the "AntiSec" hacking group -- linked to Anonymous -- claimed last weekend that it had "defaced and destroyed" the websites of scores of US police agencies in retaliation for the arrests of cyber attack suspects.