I am sure that most of you who are reading this article are aware that a hacker group has threatened to take down Facebook on November 5, 2011. However, since Facebook has become the most popular social networking Web site on the entire planet, other sources are claiming that the hacker group has splintered with some members disagreeing on the wisdom of attacking this popular site. I am in hopes that this group will win out as I believe any attack on Facebook would be a very, very bad idea.
Boasting some 750 million users worldwide, Facebook holds a special place in the hearts of its members — many of whom use it to stay in contact with family, friends, and acquaintances. I know, for myself, that Facebook has become a very valuable tool through which I have been able to develop new friendships, as well as renew relationships with old friends.
This site has even proven to be politically useful when members have used it to bombard both Democrats and Republicans with messages to stop playing games when the politicians were playing political football with our economic future. Because of those messages, we are now aware that the American people have given our Congressional leaders a whopping 82% disapproval rating. Knowing that constituents used Facebook to garner attention to the economic crisis that Congress was perpetrating, can you imagine what these politicians would do if Facebook was suddenly taken down and their constituents were unable to access their Facebook accounts? Not only would Congress likely run amok, but the outcry from citizens would swamp Congressional leaders with messages demanding the culprits be brought to swift justice!
So while in most of our minds we dismiss attacks or break-ins when they involve corporations or government entities, we tend to view these attacks as issues to be handled by their individual IT departments. In other words, that basically means that we believe they should have done a better job of protecting their company’s hacked computers. However, hacking Facebook would be a personal attack against all 750 million individual members who can and will demand action by their political representatives. These representatives, in turn, can take advantage of federal agencies such as the FBI and other police agencies from around the world to hunt down the hackers — something that no one wants to have happen to them. That being said, there are just some things in life you do not mess with and I believe that Facebook is one of them.