Anonymous Hackers Target Zynga
The group plans to release confidential documents stolen from the company on November 5.
"Zynga this week said that it is planning to lay off about 140 employees, or approximately 5 percent of its worldwide workforce," writes CNET News' Jonathan Skillings. "It is also closing its Boston office and expects to shutter its U.K. and Japan studios as well. That word came just a day before the FarmVille maker reported that it lost $52.7 million in the third quarter. The company also said it has a cash stockpile of about $1.6 billion."
"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," the hackers stated. "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 note goes on to claim that Zynga is currently planning a 'massive layoff' scheme that will mark the 'end of the U.S. game market as we know it,'" writes GameSpot.com's Eddie Makuch.