Hacking Away on Guy Fawkes Day

“Remember, remember the fifth of November”

That’s a phrase you’ll be hearing a lot tomorrow. For those who don’t know what it means, it’s a line from the movie V, for Vendetta, referencing November 5, 1605, the day Guy Fawkes took part in a plot to blow up the British Parliament.

Fawkes’ team failed their mission but, officially, the day lives on in celebration for that failure. I say “officially” because there is another take on the holiday. Hackers use the day not as a way of being pro-government by observing a failed terrorist attack, but as a way of being anti-government, defacing everything they can.

Earlier today, a group of hackers called “pyknic” (probably an offshoot of Anonymous) exploited a flaw in NBC’s forum software, Invision Power Board, to display a message about Guy Fawkes Day, stolen passwords, and hating the government.

Here’s what a section of the NBC site looked like after pyknic had a go at it.

By the way, I’ve linked the screenshot because it’s NSFW (just language), and I don’t know the policy for those things on this blog.

Anyway, I think this is really telling about our security. This has happened before, so I think the high-profile blogs and websites should be on alert for the few days on either end of November 5th.

What’s your take on this? Have you heard of Guy Fawkes Day? Do you think sites should worry more about security on those days or should they have nothing to worry about?

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