Anybody who thinks that Anonymous is just a bunch of harmless script kiddies playing around on their mom's computer hasn't been following the news recently. The US recently said it would put a hurting on hackers that threatened the nation, and earlier this week, NATO published a special report on cybersecurity. A big chunk of it was spent describing the threat of everyone's favorite hacker collective. The longer Anonymous continues its hijinks, the more likely they'd be "infiltrated and perpetrators persecuted," the report warned. Anonymous' response showed its characteristic sense of style.
You can "like" things on Facebook, but apparently a huge number of users have been hankering to "dislike" things as well. This is the only conclusion to draw from the rapid spread of the newest scam on the world's top social networking site. The scam revolves around a Facebook application that calls itself "The Official Dislike Button." Here's how the scam works.
Users that install the app will be directed to a survey to complete before they can have the magical dislike button. The survey makes money for the scammers behind this charade. The app will post messages in the individual's news feed to attract more marks -er, users. After finishing up the survey, the app will redirect to a FireFox add-on called FaceMod that just adds a dislike button to the interface. It does not connect to the Facebook system in any way.
So far, a few hundred thousand people have installed the offending app. We also feel the need to point out that the app makes will get access to the users' information. So losing a few minutes completing a survey may not be the extent of the damage done. Has anyone seen this crop up in their news feed?
Okay look, you may not like Apple very much. We get that. You might feel that their computers are overpriced and their closed platform is contrary to your philosophical views. But whatever you do, don’t threaten to blow up an Apple Store. The buzzkill authorities tend to frown upon that sort of behavior. One New York 17 year-old by the name of Justin Barry did not take heed of this bit of common sense.
He allegedly walked into an Apple Store and typed the following into one of the display computers before leaving: “I have threatened your store and all its employees with a bloody death ... whoever the crew maybe working, or the innocent citizens that walk in ... will be eliminated with the force of a... bomb loaded with C4, strapped to my chest.”
When a store employee discovered the note, the police were called. Young Justin was quickly apprehended and is being charged with making terroristic threats. That carries a possible penalty of seven years in prison. For his part, Justin said it was only a joke. All the stupidest crimes start out as jokes, don’t they?