Will Facebook and Zynga Remember the 5th of November?
Remember, remember, the fifth of November.
Infamous activist hacker group Anonymous has announced a pledge to bring down Facebook’s (NASDAQ:FB) website and make several Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA) games free to play on Guy Fawkes Day on Monday, November 5. The group added that it would carry its threat forward unless Zynga agreed to reverse plans to lay off 1,000 employees. Zynga, which creates games playable on the Facebook platform, such as the popular FarmVille, announced plans to cut 5 percent of its workforce and close several of its offices in order to save up to $20 million.
Anonymous made its threat through a YouTube (NASDAQ:GOOG) video, which has since been removed. However, a statement explaining its intent is still posted on the group’s website.
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“During the last few days anonymous has been targeting Zynga for the outrageous treatment of their employees and their actions against many developers,” the statement reads. “As we speak we are planning to release also all the games we’ve taken from their servers for free.”
Guy Fawkes, a Catholic conspirator arrested for plotting to bomb the English Parliament on November 5, 1605, is something of an icon for Anonymous.
By Monday afternoon, there had been no signs of attacks on either Zynga or Facebook.
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