Anonymous has targeted Facebook game maker Zynga, in its latest hacktivist action, announcing its intention to release reams of internal information about a possible layoff of nearly 1,000 more employees. The collective also plans to let loose the developer’s entire game catalogue for free, unless it goes back on its firing plans.
The entitled Operation MaZynga, or #OP MaZynga, has already begun, with the unveiling of a Zynga memo that purports to be planning for the firing of an additional 800 people from the company. This follows on from last week’s lay off of 5 per cent of its work force, totalling 120. The document reads:
“Following the preliminary announced of this week the final strategy for the next two quarters has been successfully set to delivery by November 23 an additional cut of 800 jobs with further raising of new capital from the market to support businesses.”
Where are those jobs going? India apparently.
“Work is focused and on-going to completely outsource our development teams in our offices in Bangalore , India to hedge our position in the long term.”
Anonymous’ official response to these findings on AnonNews, was thus: “With a billion dollars cash sitting in a bank we do believe that such actions are an insult to the population and the behaviour 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.”
It added the caveat however, that if Zynga were to announce its immediate cessation of its plans to fire so many, that the company’s games would not be released to the public.
KitGuru Says: Zynga has slowly changed from the darling of the social world, into the big bad guy of video game development. Do you guys think it will give in to Anonymous’ demands?