Analysts reluctantly blame someone other than Anonymous for Facebook porn storm

It's just easier to blame everything on nameless, faceless 'anarchists'; makes everything more efficient

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It relied on good old spam – sent in masses to Facebook members – with instructions for them to paste a string of JavaScript into their browser address bars. Doing so launches a JavaScript process that uses a bug to grab the username and password, take over the Facebook account and post images in the feeds of victims and their Friends, according to Computerworld.

It's an effective technique, but it's also routinely used by identity thieves and organized crime groups with larceny on their minds, according to BitDefender.

That's not to say Anonymous members couldn't have been involved, or that the group overall would turn up its collective nose at JavaScript malware used for remote-access-without-permission.

The threat was to launch a DDOS attack as Anonymous did in almost every case in which it has attacked the public sites of large organizations such as MasterCard, Visa and PayPal, for their opposition to support of WikiLeaks.

Most cases in which Anonymous members attacked law-enforcement sites to steal private data of officers or departments, they did so using SQL injection attacks, or small-scale penetrations they used to deface official sites with their own taunts and satire.

They don't typically use porn bombs as a weapon; given how many got their start in hactivism from the porn-heavy 4Chan site, many Anonymii would probably consider flooding other users with porn as a gift, anyway, rather than an attack.

Even so, voices acknowledged as leaders among the leaderless were shouting down rumors of the attack with their distaste for its target and methods, weeks before it was supposed to take place.

Hacktivism may be morally defensible, many argued, but hitting ordinary consumers for either fun or profit is sabotage against those who don't deserve it. It's not a tactic for an organization building its rep as an international player with campaigns against the enemies of WikiLeaks and oppressive governments like those that fell in Egypt and Libya.

Here are a few of the clearer statements, from early August:

anonops AnonOps

Dont be silly. Important things are happening in the world to deal with quirks like #OpFacebook. Lets keep our style & moral #Anonymous

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