In Disney’s 2010 movie, Tron: Legacy, the main character, Kevin Flynn creates a digital world where he and his digital counter-part, Clu, create buildings and an entire society. He eventually gets trapped and had to get his son to come into the game and rescue him but Kevin ends up sacrificing his life so his son and a “program” from the digital world can escape into the real world.
Mark Zuckerberg created something similar to Tron. He made his own digital world where people can share photos, stories, and connect with friends and family. Although Zuckerberg did not have to get rescued by his son from the social network, it is still possible to get sucked into the site and spend many hours sifting through peoples data.
Now imagine that it was possible for a group of social activists to overload the many servers at Facebook’s headquarters. That is what the group called Anonymous (or shortened to Anon) claims they can do with help from the public. On a YouTube video posted two days, they said that they were going to take down the world’s largest social network with the help of others. They instructed people to download a program provided in the description and on January 28, 2012, people are supposed to run the program which over loads the servers and, essentially, shut down Facebook. This is part of a larger plan called Operation Global Blackout.
Imagine if Anon had gone after Kevin Flynn. With their vast network of hackers, they could infiltrate Tron, and could have shut down a whole other world.
In real life, Anon can make Facebook and its multitude of servers located in many places throughout the United States, extremely vulnerable to hackers not associated with Anon. By making the servers available, the hacker could go through and download thousands and possibly millions of user’s personal data.
However, I am part of the group that doesn’t believe that this will actually happen. Since Anon is a loose group of hackers, they are extremely unorganized and rely on word of mouth communication to deliver messages.
I’m sure people like Kevin Flynn and Mark Zuckerberg have thought this could happen at some point and have put in safeguards to protect people’s information.