Angry hackers target Angry Birds website after news of NSA spying hijinks

A screengrab of the defaced website.

"Angry Birds creator Rovio Entertainment Ltd. says the popular game's website was defaced by hackers Wednesday, two days after reports that the personal data of its customers might have been accessed by U.S. and British spy agencies." NSA documents leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden indicated the NSA and Britain's GCHQ spy agency have the ability to get mobile users' data through various apps, including Google Maps and the Angry Birds games. [AP]

Related: Veracode audited exactly what personal data the Angry Birds app gathers about you.

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  1. It's to be expected. Angry Birds is the world's cutest and most popular game about indiscriminate suicide bombing of civilian populations and infrastructure, so the feds want to keep a sharp eye on the players...

  2. NickyG says:

    I always knew The Future would be weird. But the funny thing about weird is, you never quite expect it to be as weird as it turns out to be.

  3. They don't mention the one that spurred me to remove all Rovio titles from my devices. Oddly, I think that was the only one in the series that wanted those permissions.

  4. Is there a single permission on that list that isn't overreaching? Maybe I'm just old and bitter and paranoid; but absolutely nothing on that list looks like access a local program that calculates trajectories for cartoon birds should be given...

  5. Unfortunately, I think the same thing about most of the apps I've downloaded to my phone. And I'm even more irritated that Google took away the capacity to lock down apps to a personal standard. It's just so easy to agree to the apps' desired level of control and thereby turn a phone into an ad-spitting geo-locator that can listen in whenever it feels the need.

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