Hacktivist group Anonymous is planning to attack social network giant Facebook on Monday. The group is rumored to be staging the hacking attempt on Guy Fawkes Day to support more than 1,000 jobs being cut by social gaming network Zynga. The gaming company is one of Facebook’s many profit drivers but has come under increasing performance worries as its social gamers jump ship for other platforms.
Anonymous argues that Zynga still has plenty of cash reserves on hand, enough to keep its employees on the payroll while fighting to regain its market dominance.
The hacking initiative has said it would also hack Zynga games and release them for free download on Monday.
On the Anonymous website the group is calling the plan “operation maZYNGA.” In its typical grandiose fashion, Anonymous says the move to fire its workers will bring about “the end of the US game market as we know it.”
Zynga also claims to have documents from Zynga executives that showcases their greed. However, Wired was quick to point out that the various grammatical errors in the documents likely mean they were not created by highly educated Zynga executives.
Anonymous did not say how they will take down Facebook servers. You may recall that the group claimed it would take down Facebook on November 5 of last year, a day that came and went without so much as a single hiccup to the Facebook infrastructure.
While Facebook earns a decent amount of revenue from Zynga, the social network hardly relies on the social gaming company to pay its bills.