Anonymous Targets Web Presences on ‘Guy Fawkes Day’

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – November fifth is a historic day in the United Kingdom. Today recalls the Gunpowder Plot in which catholic conspirators plotted against the British government. At the heart of the matter was Guy Fawkes whose image now represents anti-government sentiment and rebellion amongst protestors.

The Fawkes mask was even more highly popularized via its inclusion in the 2005 film V for Vendetta.

Hacking group Anonymous has notably adopted the Guy Fawkes mask as a symbol for hacktivism.

So what would November fifth be like without the organization commemorating the occasion? “Today Is The Day To Remember, The 5th of November!,” tweeted @AnonymousPress.

Anonymous claimed a hack on PayPal, saying it had leaked data pertaining to over 27 thousand user accounts, according to ZDNet. The group linked a page to something called Private Paste.

But not so fast, PayPal has yet to notice a problem. “Investigating this but to date we have been unable to find any evidence that validates this claim,” tweeted a Twitter account for @anujnayar who reportedly heads PR for the company.

Had the breach proved true, it wouldn’t have been the first time PayPal’s faced security issues at the hands of Anonymous. In July of last year, it was reported that authorities had taken into custody fourteen members of the hacking group for a previous attack on the popular merchant account provider.

UPDATE: A representative for PayPal has since denied it was the target of a breach. “It appears that the exploit was not directed at PayPal after all, it was directed at a company called ZPanel. The original story that started this and was retweeted by some of the Anonymous Twitter handles has now been updated,” commented a representative.