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The latest Anonymous threat to destroy Facebook is bogus and could lead to terrorism charges

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This morning, the interwebs were treated to a hilarious Hollywood production style video uploaded to YouTube in the name of the ‘hacktivism’ group Anonymous.  In the video (which can be found by following this link – I refuse to embed it on this page), the messenger states that ‘they’ plan to target Facebook‘s 60,000 servers on January 29 Australian time using what could be called a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack minus any actual hacking involved.

Not surprisingly, a writer for the official Anonymous Twitter account @anonops immediately denounced the message, saying that ‘Anonymous’ wasn’t targeting Facebook at all and that nothing would be happening on the announced date.

So what really happened?  Here’s the devil in the details:

Australia has spoken – the OzTechNews ‘Biggest Piece of Shit of the Year’ for 2011 is…

Apple Inc.

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Apple.

Oh man, I can just feel the hate raining down from Apple fanboys everywhere that this site is once again crowning Apple with the Biggest Piece of Shit of the Year award. In 2010, there was a three-way tie in which both the iPhone 4 and iTunes were co-winners.

Of course, there was a strong case to be made for Apple this year, of which you can read all about by following this link. The company was constantly late with releasing products, disappointed their customers with barely incremental updates and lied to the public about what they were up to. These are the kind of things that Apple are going to have to try to keep evading in the future now that they are without their spiritual leader, Steve Jobs, who passed away late 2011.

Announcing the OzTechNews ‘Biggest Piece of Shit of the Year 2011′ – vote for the winner!

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Hello folks!

Now that the year is winding down, it’s time to reflect on the past year that was and recognise the achievements or lack there of from 2011.

In this vote, we will annoint the OzTechNews Biggest Piece of Shit of the Year 2011, or BPOSOTY 2011. There’s been plenty of candidates, to be sure, but here are the ones that stick out the most in my mind.

Announcing the OzTechNews ‘Biggest Piece of Shit of the Year 2011′ – vote for the winner!

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Hello folks!

Now that the year is winding down, it’s time to reflect on the past year that was and recognise the achievements or lack there of from 2011.

In this vote, we will annoint the OzTechNews Biggest Piece of Shit of the Year 2011, or BPOSOTY 2011. There’s been plenty of candidates, to be sure, but here are the ones that stick out the most in my mind.

Anonymous and LulzSec – freedom fighters turned prison bitches (BPOSOTY 2011)

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This article is part of the Biggest Piece of Shit of the Year (BPOSOTY) Award nominations.  Click here to view the list of nominees or vote at the bottom of this article.

Risking a hacking retaliation from script kiddies and other socially inept computer enthusiasts, hacking groups Anonymous and LulzSec (who are said to have a number of members who have been in both groups) make a joint nomination as one of the biggest pieces of shit of the year.

Why? There’s no long and convoluted reasoning to this nomination but rather a simple one: the things that they have done and the services they have taken down have been disruptive and irritating.

Sure, Sony are idiots who underestimated their online security but the takedown of the PSN this year for over a month was heartbraking for many PS3 owners who love nothing more than to relax with their favourite game and play online with their friends. There were the hacking of US state of Arizona’s police department, attacks against the US FBI and PayPal which made websites inaccessible and the millions of dollars wasted by many other companies who had to pay for repairing the damage left behind to their services. That cost was then either passed on to the customer or taken away from employees in the form of pay cuts or job losses.

Best of all, there were all the threats that were all smoke and no fire. The takedown of Facebook on Nov 5? Didn’t happen. The World War 3 ‘open war’ declaration against all governments, banks and big corporations? Meh. The effing up of the Mexican drug cartel? They backed dowm on that one when the cartel murdered a blogger to show that they are people who should not be messed with.

I read a few of the entries on PasteBin by these people and the tone of the written pieces just reeled of immaturity. At some point, you stopped disliking this people and just felt really sorry for them.

The golden rule is that the best and most elite hackers in the world are the ones that you’ve never heard of before or even know exist. True hackers are ‘actually’ anonymous. These guys? It all seems to be one big desperate attempt for attention to me.

Of course, a few of these guys have been busted already and their bragging on IRC, amoungst other things, were the reason why the authorities found them. As a result, these indisputably brilliant minds will be spending their days being someone’s bitch in prison where pawning is dished out by the men, not the boys. It’s a totally different kind of Lulz fest.

Good riddance guys. Don’t forget to drop the soap.

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The Playstation Network – hacked into a million pieces, fixed and yet still fragmented (BPOSOTY 2011)

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This article is part of the Biggest Piece of Shit of the Year (BPOSOTY) Award nominations.  Click here to view the list of nominees or vote at the bottom of this article.

When people look back on the hack of the PlayStation Network in the middle of this year, they are going to refer to it as one of the most epic and miserable failures of the common era in gaming. It was one thing for it to actually be hacked and taken down, but the fact that it was so poorly constructed and required a dramatic and frantic rebuild – causing over a month of downtime – is so utterly humiliating for Sony that I still cringe when I think of how bad the whole situation was.

Anonymous’ threat to destroy Facebook – pure genius (note the sarcasm)

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Here’s a great idea on how to successfully destroy a popular social network without looking like a bunch of dummies:

  1. Tell the world exactly who you are going to target
  2. Announce that you’ll definitely be doing it, so a random influx of traffic won’t look suspicious at all
  3. Publicise the exact date that you’re going to do it, and
  4. Make the date so far away that the company in question can have a whole bunch of time to prepare for the attack, double and triple check everything and make sure they don’t have any disruptions to their daily trade

This, of course, is exactly what Anonymous did today in their public threat to take down Facebook.

Mashable rub a few people the wrong way with their terms-violating Google+ account

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You may recall a recent request that Google put out shortly after the launch of Google+ stating that they wanted businesses to refrain from making accounts on the network whilst it was in invitation only mode.  Google is planning on a separate launch of businesses with specialised profile pages and have been loosely threatening to shut down non-user accounts.

Well, Mashable.com did it anyway (and were cheeky enough to still run the “shut down non-user accounts” story too) and in the absence of any other tech blogs doing the same thing have managed to rack up a following of 100,000 followers on the new social service.

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