Anonymous hackers have initiated an operation called “maZynga.” The campaign was launched shortly after the company revealed its plans to lay off around 5% of its workforce.
The hacktivists published a video statement to announce the start of the operation, but the clip was removed from YouTube. However, a transcript of the statement posted on AnonNews reveals their plans.
“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,” they said.
“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,” they added.
In the first phase of the operation, Anonymous claims to have obtained “confidential documents” from Zynga executives. One of the documents they have published allegedly represents the company’s strategy for the upcoming period.
“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,” the leaked document reads.
“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.”
Similar to the YouTube video, the files published by the hackers in the first phase have been removed but, according to their statement, they’ll release more information on the symbolic date of November 5.
Zynga representatives haven’t made any official statements, so it’s uncertain if the “strategy” is legitimate, but we’ll probably find out soon enough.