HACKERS CLAIMING affiliation with Anonymous have threatened to release data keys that will unlock data and documents from social games firm Zynga.
The leak follows layoffs at the firm and what is seen as the poor treatment of employees. The hackers have accused Zynga of having a strategy that it is running at the cost of its employees. The strategy is published in the hackers' statement and shows a firm moving towards India for its software development.
"Zynga customers and Facebook users, We are anonymous. During the last few days anonymous has been targeting Zynga for the outrageous treatment of their employees and their actions against many developers," says a message from Anonymous.
"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."
According to the post Zynga, despite the redundancies, is cash rich, and has decided to snub a local workforce in favour of cheaper foreign developers. It said that in addition to releasing data about the firm it will also release its games. It promises to stop, however, if Zynga acknowledges it and offers to stop its own plans.
"With a billion dollars cash sitting in a bank we do believe that such actions are an insult to the population and the behaviour of corporations like Zynga must change. Anonymous could not allow this to happen so it's starting to release confidential documents we have leaked on this plan," says the statement.
"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."
A video released by the hackers and posted to Youtube has been removed. µ
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