Anonymous is a collective of unknown, unnamed people associated through the internet, and in this case the term refers to an organization of hackers who claim they safeguard the public good. Zynga is a video gaming company famous for its Facebook-based game Farmville.
Anonymous released a statement on AnonNews.org detailing a wonderfully dramatic kind of blackmail that could save almost 800 jobs. I’m not a fan of small groups claiming to represent the greater majority, but this is suggestive of an epic battle along the lines of Clark Kent versus Lex Luthor. Anonymous has apparently hacked into Zynga’s servers and extracted games that normally cost money, threatening to release them to the public for free unless the company “will cease immediately the plan.”
I have to wonder about the morality of all this, though. Zynga could lose a great sum of money, not to mention their reputation as a
reliable company. The economy is suffering, and most companies have had to downsize. What right does Anonymous have to release that kind of thing? It’s certainly against the law, as is hacking into the company to begin with. Laying off a few hundred people is not against the law. The files containing Zynga’s games are available for download on the AnonNews website, but are not accessible without a set of keys.
In another dramatic twist, the keys to these data files are due to be released to the public on the 5th of November, the anniversary of Guy Fawkes’s failed Gunpowder Plot in 1605. In their release, Anonymous quoted “Remember, remember, the 5th of November.” I’m on the edge of my chair, here! I could care less about free games, this is thrilling. I can’t wait to see what happens next.