Many websites were hacked by power group Anonymous today including Paypal, Symantec, Imageshack, and many more.
The Anonymous hacker collective has claimed responsibility for the cyber attacks, claiming on Twitter the hacks are part of a “November 5th protest.” Anonymous even released the VMware ESX Server Kernel source code to the public.
Over the weekend the NBC website was hacked with references to Anonymous, though Anonymous does not claim responsibilities for the attacks.
Guy Fawkes Day
This is the centerpiece of a worldwide Anonymous operation of global strength and solidarity, a warning to all governments worldwide that if they keep trying to censor, cut, imprison, or silence the free world or the free internet they will not be our governments for much longer,” says the event’s description on Facebook.
“Guy Fawkes day,” which falls on November 5, is a primarily British annual commemoration of a failed assassination attempt on King James I. Guy Fawkes was a member of the Gunpowder Plot who was arrested while guarding explosives placed beneath the House of Lords. Following the 2006 release of the film V for Vendetta, in which the main protagonist uses the “Guy Fawkes” mask, the mask has been used by Anonymous as an anti-establishment symbol.
Is Facebook next?
Rumors have been flying around for quite some time are that Facebook would be hacked today by Anonymous. Is Facebook next?