Anonymous, the loosely associated hacktivist collective, has put Zynga under its scope. And it’s looking serious. Zynga laid off employees just before releasing its quarterly earnings last week, and the hacker group says that the layoffs mean the “end of the US game market as we know it”, as jobs are getting shipped overseas.
The leaking of the alleged confidential documents and a letter was posted on anonnews.org. The group posted a video on YouTube as well which has been taken down by the video-sharing service, citing that the “video has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy on depiction of harmful activities”. BusinessInsider reports that the group has threatened to take down both Zynga and Facebook on 5 November (Guy Fawkes Day and also Anonymous’s inspiration).
The Zynga documents released by the group has been removed as well due to “copyright infringement”. An excerpt from one of the supposedly leaked documents, apparently about Zynga’s business strategy, 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 but of 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 US market.
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.
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 for transaction value of approximately 20 million.
We strongly believe we will conclude these deals this month and compete with this titles against mobile competitors with ease.
Our business continues to evolve and we must evolve with it. We operate in a exciting and challenging industry and I am very pleased that our senior leadership team continue to strengthen and develop with us.”
Zynga has failed to comment on any of these reports or leaks, although the authenticity of the documents has been queried by at least one employee.