Anonymous Taking Aim At Facebook, Zynga?

As if Facebook game developer Zynga doesn’t have enough issues to contend with, it may also have to brace itself for a Nov. 5 attack from hacker group Anonymous.

As reported by Silicon Alley Insider, the following message appeared on news forum AnonNews, which bills itself as a news platform for Anonymous:

Zynga customers and Facebook users, we are Anonymous. During the last few days, Anonymous has been targeting Zynga for the outrageous treatment of its employees and its actions against many developers,

We have come to believe that the actions of Zynga will result in massive layoffs of 1,000 people and legal actions against everyone who speaks to the public about this plan.

It will also come to end of the U.S. game market as we know it, as all this jobs will be replaced in other more convenient financial countries.

With $1 billion in cash sitting in a bank, we do believe that such actions are an insult to the population, and the behavior of corporations like Zynga must change.

Anonymous could not allow this to happen, so it’s starting to release confidential documents we have leaked on this plan.

As we speak, we are planning to release also all the games we’ve taken from their servers for free.

That being said, we will stop the idea of the distribution of such games if Zynga will cease immediately the plan.

The following was also posted, and it is allegedly an excerpt from Zynga’s business strategy:

Following the preliminary announcement of this week, the final strategy for the next two quarters has been successfully set for delivery by Nov. 23 — an additional 800 jobs, with further raising of new capital from the market to support businesses.

We’ve identified our global gambling strategy with bwin.party and, as we speak, discussions are progressing with a partner to cover the U.S. market.

Work is focused and ongoing to completely outsource our development teams in our offices in Bangalore, India, to hedge our position in the long term.

We’ve identified key new products from third parties such as Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Shove Prod, and Music Invaders, in which we are starting business contacts to buy these IP (intellectual property) for a transaction value of approximately $20 million.

We strongly believe we will conclude these deals this month and compete with these titles against mobile competitors with ease.

Our business continues to evolve, and we must evolve with it. We operate in an exciting and challenging industry, and I am very pleased that our senior leadership team continues to strengthen and develop with us.

Readers: Do you believe this is a credible threat?

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