Anonymous threatens Zynga

Hacking group targets social gaming company for "outrageous treatment" of employees and developers; claims it will release confidential info Nov. 5 if demands are not met.

Anonymous has chosen its next target: Zynga. In a post to the hacking group's official channel, one Anonymous member threatened the social gaming studio for its "outrageous treatment of employees and actions against many developers."

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." According to the post, if Zynga does not cease its plan, Anonymous will release confidential documents concerning the company.

The Anonymous user gave Zynga a deadline of November 5.

Additionally, the Anonymous writer claims to have lifted several Zynga games from the company's servers, and will release these titles publicly for free to make a point.

Last week, Zynga shed 5 percent of its total workforce in a move that saw the company's entire Cambridge, Massachusetts office shut down. Additionally, Zynga CEO Mark Pincus said the company was sunsetting 13 titles as part of the new plan.

Anonymous is not the only group that has Zynga in its sights. Big-time publisher Electronic Arts is currently suing Zynga, claiming The Ville is a Sims Social clone. Zynga has countersued, calling EA's copyright infringement suit baseless.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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286 comments
McDog3
McDog3

If the games industry was at the point at which layoffs from Zynga will "end the U.S. game market as we know it", the market would have already been dead.

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

I hate Zynga as much as the next guy, but come on. Couldn't they just leave a bag of flaming dog crap at their door or something?

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

To quote George Carlin "Gimme that it's mine!"  Clearly this group never left the sandpit.

Brixtan
Brixtan

Why is Gamespot giving this group face-time? Stop posting this crap as news.

 

Dudeinator
Dudeinator

"massive layoff scheme that will mark the end of the U.S. game market as we know it."

 

Over sensationalization. What exactly leads them to make a claim about this magnitude? Zynga is a large software entertainment company, but its layoffs aren't going to collapse an entire gaming industry. Zynga isn't "too big to fail" in the gaming industry like Wells Fargo or Goldman Sachs is to global finance.

 

Whether if they truly believed in their cause against mistreatment of employees and developers or not, using cyber threats aren't exactly the ideal solution nor a good practice.

DrKill09
DrKill09

"Ello, I'm Annoying British Guy, I've done too much cocaine today."

spOOoOOn
spOOoOOn

Yes... this definitely matters.

RaddaRaddaRadda
RaddaRaddaRadda

Cyber terrorists, cowardly hiding behind the shroud of the Internet. What a bunch of fucking jackasses.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I've threatened Zynga a few times myself... Though it was just empty threats caused by frustration from their unethical business practices. I would not actually threaten them or expose innocent people's information to try and make a point or force hands. The industry is probably better off without Zynga; even if that means no more words with friends.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

Blackmail? This feels like a risky escalation from simply hacking to make a point. I don't think the motivation will make the threat any more palatable to law enforcement, and there is a risk that escalations like this will lead to greater anti-freedom legislations in the name of cyber security.

rarson
rarson

Bunch of internet script kiddies and joiners. "Anonymous" is dumb regardless of which company they're targeting.

 

Hey morons, did you know that you can accomplish even more by simply exercising your buying power? And it's legal, too!

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

They take down the PSN:"You monsters! How dare you!"

 

They take down Zynga:"You heroes! Give these guys a freakin' medal!"

91210user
91210user

This isn't going to make a difference! The founder of Zynga has left with his millions (if not millions, Billions!) and doesn't care what happens to that company and it's demise!

eliebaz
eliebaz

this business aspect of games are run by the people who don't play them, therefore making them incompetent in understanding what it is to truly play a great game, which is probably the reason why most new games suck compared to their old school rivals, because nowadays it's all about the profit and not about the quality of games, most companies this year have fired or laid off their best crew members as they're the 

'most expansive' however there's a reason for their price but most people these days fail to acknowledge that. 

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

Anon has me hanging on their every word! What would I ever do without Zynga to supply me with an endless supply of privacy infringing games that I haven't played in years? Clearly the end of the US Gaming world as we know it!

ADO300
ADO300

dear lord of ALL the video game company's in the world WHY ON EARTH ZYNGA! why not activision, EA or even capcom these company's actually rip-off millions of people world-wide with DLC's that should be included in the game at the first place ( example capcom with street fighter 4, marvel vs capcom 3, asura's wrath and the list goes on and on ) but zynga is going to fire half of it's staff and anonymous are going to fuck them up? do us all a favour attack something else, like the U.S. goverment or something...

Jebril
Jebril

I honestly think that these hackers just go around trying to hack companies they don't like personally once they find a company with weak enough security they pretend like that company is the most evil thing to exist. Anon will become legit when they start hacking the CIA and the govt. until then they're just troublemakers. :\

pokatalk
pokatalk

Zynga probably have to fire people because all of their games are free, therefore to make a profit they have to rely on adverts in their games and in-game purchases.

 

jakerscythe
jakerscythe

Oh, caped crusaders, save the U.S. game market with your scare tactics.

 

Do you even realize how stupid you sound? Could you just go back to hacking stuff to brag about it, instead of pretending to have an agenda?

gplayer5
gplayer5

LOL that's hilarious. Although Anonymous should target EA instead of Zynga. Hopefully that will slow all the mass crap they produce...

tightwad34
tightwad34

Oh, Blackmail  now, how grown up of you guys.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

As much as I despise Zynga with a bloody passion, I don't think a threat is going to change them. Zynga is going to end the gaming market you say? I doubt that. I would say EA or Activision would end up doing that.

 

obsequies
obsequies

maybe anonymous should get their priorities straightened out

PHOENIXZERO
PHOENIXZERO

"massive layoff" scheme that will mark the "end of the U.S. game market as we know it."

 

 

Really? Come on now...

Ratatoskr321
Ratatoskr321

As much as I dislike Zynga and their business plan, I want to go on record as saying I do not approve of cyber-terrorism of any kind. Anonymous (whoever is using the name now) does not and will never have my support. 

xavvor1
xavvor1

Nice now we will be seeing better quality games on Facebook woo hoo :p XD

OmegaGear
OmegaGear

End the US game market as we know it? What is this member of anonymous on? Zynga is in no way even a significant % of the videogame market. They're not even that big of a player in their two markets anymore. Just let this animal die in peace.

Phoenix-Ho-Yoku
Phoenix-Ho-Yoku

 @RaddaRaddaRadda the hero talk....

why dont u try something better instead trying acting "tough" behind your tiny screen ?

 

as i thought,,,,so plz shhhhhhh

HamsterPants
HamsterPants

 @Phil-teh-Pirate Anonymous didn't take down the PSN, that was Lulzsec (a group of hackers that have different ethics than Anonymous).

 

Anonymous would never target the media, because they fight for freedom of speech, and they would never steal credit card information from consumers.

brxricano
brxricano

 @ExtremePhobia Right?? like wtf could they POSSIBLY be talking about? since WHEN does Zynga have US gaming by the balls??? Yes, Zynga will implement massive layoffs and soooomehow.....every um, other gaming company will crumble....LOLLL omg stop. Just.....dont. Like i said, Anon is the dog that backs up as it barks loudly.

brxricano
brxricano

 @ADO300 you cant attack if you dont know how to fight. kiddie scripts cant do EVERYTHING now cmon....

BigAl519
BigAl519

 @Jebril 

Its funny because they say they are "fighting for our rights" so to say, yet hurting every one of us who may work for these companies. All the average working joes who are just trying to get a pay cheque get screwed because of these idiots. Maybe their slogan should be, "Hurt many families to annoy one company!"

pokatalk
pokatalk

and that's not really a reliable business model

BigAl519
BigAl519

 @HamsterPants  @Phil-teh-Pirate 

LOL You're right! Instead they hack companies like Zynga, causing distress for the employees, owners, people who enjoy the games etc. and call it "the right thing to do". The only thing these guys fight for is the bag of chips. The irony behind these complete losers is that they are officially worse than the companies that they threaten to hack over and over again. But hey, you seem to be all for some random hacking group hurting people, people jobs, peoples hobbies. Guess that goes to show that kind of person you are.... 

rastabj
rastabj

 @brxricano  @ExtremePhobia lmao nice, couldnt agree more, with Zynga in their sights the real gaming industry villains (EA, etc) can breath a collective sigh of relief ...

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

 @Wyckid  @BigAl519  @HamsterPants  @Phil-teh-Pirate Geez BigAl, who put the stick up your ass? The guy was only clarifying a fact, relax.

And who cares if Zynga gets hacked? They're money-hungry fascists who are only concerned with making a profit, diluting the gaming market down to casual-ridden piles of crap. If you don't want to support Anonymous, then fine.. but why you would defend Zynga, EVER, is beyond me.

HamsterPants
HamsterPants

 @BigAl519  @Phil-teh-Pirate Oh hey thanks for insulting me after I simply provided an explanation to a misunderstanding. I never even stated my opinion on the matter...