Remember, remember the 5th of November. That line means something to British schoolchildren and fans of the film "V for Vendetta"; it may soon mean something to the rest of us, too, if Anonymous has its way.
The extremely loose collective of geeky malcontents plans to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day in a big way. No, not by blowing up Congress, though they might get some support on that from both sides of the aisle, given that august body's single-digit approval rating.
[ Want to cash in on your IT experiences? InfoWorld is looking for stories of an amazing or amusing IT adventure, lesson learned, or tales from the trenches. Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. If we publish it, we'll keep you anonymous and send you a $50 American Express gift cheque. ]
In a YouTube video, the Anons announced "Operation Fox Hunt," a plan to spank Fox News for its less-than-reverent treatment of the Occupy Wall Street protests, relative to the extremely sympathetic treatment the Foxers lavished on the Tea Partiers. (Memo to OWS: Want more favorable coverage on Fox? Wear more ridiculous costumes and carry misspelled protest signs.)
That fairly generic threat video was also accompanied by a tweet a few days ago from @Anonops, one of the "semi-official" sources for news about the collective:
Some corporations have the security level of a 90's website. Thanks for making it easy! Expect us the fifth of November.
I'd guess this threat is legit -- unlike, say, the threat to take down Facebook on Nov. 5, which was made on YouTube last July. That claim seemed to be strictly for Lulz, as the kids say. We'll find out soon enough.