HACKERS ARE CELEBRATING Guy Fawkes night with activities including website defacements and online protests.
Hackers claiming to be Anonymous are using the date mentioned in the film V for Vendetta to wreak havoc on website targets.
A Twitter account belonging to Anonymouspress seems to be behind the push for the day of events and asks, "Where Will You Be When We Make History?"
"The Twitterverse goes mad wondering what #Anonymous will do next on this 5th day of November since we already started out with a bang!"
So far groups linked to Anonymous have claimed successful attacks on the websites of companies including Paypal and defacements of the US television network NBC and pop star Lady Gaga.
Paypal hacked by Anonymous as part of our November 5th protest privatepaste.com/e8d3b2b2b1— Anonymous Australia (@AuAnon) November 5, 2012
The Paypal leak was said to contain user details, but its paste has been removed from the filesharing website. We asked Paypal for information.
"Security of our customers' data is the top priority at PayPal. We're aggressively investigating this but to date we have been unable to find any evidence that validates this claim," it told us.
Australian and Ecuadorian websites have also been attacked in the last 24 hours, and more defacements are expected. Messages vary across the defaced webpages, for example what text had been on http://juntazambi.gob.ec has been replaced with a message for the website's administrator.
"Hacked by Lulzsec EC," it says. "Sorry admin... game over".
A video posted to Youtube and shared by The Official Hackers Blog calls on Anonymous supporters to get behind the cause. "Its 5th of November - Defend your freedom," it says.
Paypal told The INQUIRER on Tuesday morning that it has completed its research and concluded that the details do not come from its servers.
"After intensive investigations from Paypal, it has been discovered that the hackers actually attacked a company called ZPanel, not Paypal," said a spokesperson. µ