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Hacktivists Threaten Facebook Games

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Facebook’s online gaming partner Zynga is responsible for bringing us the likes of ‘Farmville’, ‘Words with Friends’ and ‘Zynga Poker’. In an announcement by CEO Mark Pincus, the games provider is “streamlining operations” by laying off 5% of its 3,000-strong workforce.

This has prompted ‘hacktivist’ group, ‘Anonymous’, to threaten both Zynga and Facebook in an announcement promising to release confidential information obtained from the company’s servers, including plans for further redundancies.

On the homepage for the group, they state that “Anonymous is a decentralized network of individuals focused on promoting access to information, free speech, and transparency. The group has made international headlines by exposing The Church of Scientology, supporting anti-corruption movements in Zimbabwe and India, and providing secure platforms for Iranian citizens to criticize their government.”

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Zynga, who lost $5.27million in the last quarter will also face ‘Anonymous’ releasing game codes and the shutting down of both the gaming site and everyone’s favourite social network.

The group of hackers and social activists are planning the attack for November 5th and have stylised themselves with the Guy Fawkes mask used in the 2005 movie ‘V for Vendetta’ and use the tagline “acquiring information through unconventional means”.

Should companies give into demands from the apparent socially-minded activist? Are they representing our best interests or are they causing trouble for trouble’s sake? Let us know via @puregenie on Twitter or in the comments below. If you’re looking for an exciting new position in Travel, E-Commerce or Online Marketing, join our LinkedIn group.

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