At Least One Member Of Anonymous Wants To Take Down Zynga

Some people don't like Zynga very much. In the wake of news last week that the FarmVille makers laid off 5 per cent of their worldwide staff (around 150 people), some people really don't like Zynga very much.

At least one person is channelling that hatred into a full-on threat, posting on the Anon-News forums that he or she has obtained access to some confidential Zynga files. The poster says that the files will be released on November 5 if Zynga does not "cease immediately the plan". What plan? It's not very clear.

Here's the full letter, all spelling, grammar and sentence structure left intact:

We did launch phase 1 of operation maZYNGA with release of the confidential documents leaked from the executives of Zynga. On november the fifth we will release the key to the data files. Remember , Remember the 5TH of November.

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

We have come to believe that this actions of Zynga will result in massive layoff of a thousand people and legal actions against everyone that speaks to the public about this plan.

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

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

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.

Now let's take this with some healthy scepticism, as just about anyone in the world could hop on an AnonNews forum and threaten Zynga. This sort of posting does not necessarily mean that there's a full-scale organised attack by Anonymous in the works: since the hacking "organisation" is so amorphous and free-flowing, it's tough to tell if this is a threat with teeth or just some random person's rant.

And there isn't much proof to back up these claims: I tried downloading the files linked by the Anon poster, but they don't seem to be available anymore. The YouTube link is also down.

Also relevant: this flier (via @martinhollis). Click to see the whole thing:

Ouch. So what do you think? Should Zynga cease immediately the plan?

[AnonNews via Rock Paper Shotgun]


    Person claims to be a mega hacker with mad computer skills but they lack basic literacy...

    I'm kinda skeptical on this one.

      If they were a mega hacker I doubt they'd claim to be part of Anonymous to begin with.

      +1. The wording in that letter is horrid. It sounds like broken English

        -1. Er, maybe it is broken English? Not everyone on the internet is a native English speaker.

    Wait, Anonymous now fights against companies that are bleeding money left, right, and centre laying off 150 employees?

    At a game company that everyone loves to hate?

    Man, we should totally point them at the big miners that operate in QLD and WA.

    I always get frustrated when the media/people get up in arms over a company laying off employees. Do people really expect companies to just keep employing people indefinitely even if it's losing them money!? They're a business, not a shelter.

      The issue a lot of people had with it wasn't that it happened, but the manner it which it was done.

    Yep, that's a good idea, Anonymous. Let's attack Zynga, see if we can cripple them financially by pirating their games, damage their stock prices, send their credibility plummeting with the release of confidential documents.

    The only people who will get hurt are the remaining 95% of staff.


    Also, even in a big company, 5% reduction in staff numbers is not unreasonable. And very few places (even government departments) actually handle redundancy well. I don't know the details, but it's likely that Zynga is being targeted because they're one of the juicier indie targets out there.

    Last edited 30/10/12 11:02 am

    I hate zynga with a passion, their work ethics and complete plagiarism of other peoples hard work then making money out of it is just disgusting. I would rather see them crumble from legal means ie. EA lawsuit then script kiddies.

    Cease immediately the plan.
    Instant meme.

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