Hacking team Anonymous has issued a deadline of November 5th for Zynga to comply with its demands, or it'll take down Facebook and release Zynga's popular casual games for free.

The "beef" here lies with Zynga's plans to lay of 1,000 staff members and supposedly outsource more of its development and support work, despite having a rather robust financial position. In a since-removed YouTube video, Anonymous said: "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."

Zynga didn't do itself any favours by announcing plans to sack staff a few weeks ago, right in the middle of Apple's iPhone 5 launch event -- a move many believed was a rather clumsy attempt at burying the news. [Wired via Independent -- Thanks Darrell]

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