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Anonymous planning action against Zynga – rumour

Monday, 29th October 2012 04:43 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Over the weekend, a video surfaced in which a self-proclaimed Anonymous member announced the group’s intention to target Zynga.

Pocket Gamer reports the speaker claimed to have access to documents showing Zynga’s intention to lay-off 1,000 staff; to out-source its workforce internationally; and to focus on online gambling.

The claims made in the video have clear real world inspirations at the very least, as Zynga recently issued significant lay-offs and has made a bid to enter the online gambling sphere.

The video has since been shut down by YouTube. It did not appear on Anonymous’s official channel, and was not referenced via its regular communication channels, however the anarchic nature of the group makes it difficult to ever really pin down what counts as genuine Anonymous activity.

Often described as a “hacktivist” group, Anonymous is a decentralised association which organises political protests and has been officially and unofficially linked with less peaceful activities like DDOS attacks and hacking. It has a number of ideals and goals it pursues but became a household name when it began an intense campaign against Sony, and was later implicated in the April 2011 PlayStation Network hack.

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11 Comments

  1. Telepathic.Geometry

    I don’t get these guys. If they were proper hackers wouldn’t they be taking on the real bastards? I recently watched a documentary on Anonymous actually, and a lot of it was quite positive. It showed them help dudes in countries with repressive regimes to pass information privately and safely and shit like that. I thought that was really cool.

    But then just taking on videogame companies? Why not take on Foxconn or the US government or some shit like that? It seems weird to me…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. TD_Monstrous69

    Why attack something that’s already dying?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. roadkill

    @1 And Zynga aren’t real bastards? They’ve stolen games from indie developers who had almost nothing. Anonymous is doing the right thing.

    @2 They’re not dying. They’re merely weakened. Anonymous will fix that. :)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. NocturnalB

    Wow what true vigilantes for the common man.. going after a dying video game company. They are idiotic.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. ManuOtaku

    In Sheldon Style….. Bazynga…..

    #5 2 years ago
  6. deathm00n

    @4 Oh yeah, they are idiotic, you must really know how to coordinate an organization based on the principles of anarchy don’t you? They act according to the goal of making the world a better place by making small acts(not all of them hacking related) against bad things like Zynga (that, like roadkill said, “They’ve stolen games from indie developers who had almost nothing” and charge you for really stupid games), they don’t have a leader who set goals

    Even if it’s dying they are trying to give the final push it need to fell off the cliff, and going to put their name in it’s death. It’s all to promote them, like everything they do.

    And I must add I support the idea of Anonymous.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. LuLshuck

    Bunch of virgins that ruined Guy Fawkes

    #7 2 years ago
  8. NocturnalB

    @6 Did i claim to know anything like that? No, i gave my opinion of what i think about them. Deal with it. Great man good for you whatever floats your boat but guess what, i still think they’re idiots. Me having my own opinion ok with you?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Telepathic.Geometry

    @roadkill: They may be bastards, but they’re on a different level entirely to the REAL bastards I mentioned in my post…

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DSB

    Because they suck at not getting arrested Telepathic.Geometry. Going after corporate is a lot safer than going after government.

    Once you hit the feds, before you know it, your lulzsecs are having buttsecs in the prison complecs.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. YoungZer0

    I admit, i laughed hard.

    #11 2 years ago

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