updated 07:03 pm EST, Sun November 4, 2012
Hacktivists to remember fifth of November with Facebook attack
Hactivist group Anonymous is rumored to be planning an attack on social networking giant Facebook tomorrow, marking Guy Fawkes Day by taking down the site unless Zynga backpedals on what Anonymous contends is a plan to cut 1,000 jobs. Tomorrow's action would also include the release of Zynga's games for free download. Anonymous claims that Zynga's job-cutting maneuver is inexcusable in light of the company's significant financial reserves.
A post on the group's news site describes the rationale behind "operating maZYNGA," claiming that the social gaming company's actions would bring about "the end of the US game market as we know it" as Zynga moves jobs to other countries. The group claims to have access to leaked documents from Zynga executives. These documents, though, according to Wired, seem unlikely to be actual Zynga documents, as they contain numerous grammatical errors.
The group, of course, has not detailed exactly how it plans to take down the world's largest social networking site. Anonymous previously threatened to take down Facebook on November 5 of last year. That attempt, though, was unsuccessful.