Game developer Rovio’s website has been hacked, with an image of the company’s best-selling Angry Birds game replaced by one called Spying Birds and featuring the National Security Agency (NSA) logo.
“The degradation was detected within minutes and corrected immediately,” said Saara Bergstrom, spokesperson for the company. “The end user data was not at risk at any time.”
The attack comes days after leaked documents by Edward Snowden suggested that the US spy agency and its UK counterpart, GCHQ, were using the game and other “leaked apps” to collect user information. of smartphones.
Finnish society noted that they “do not share data, collaborate or collude with any government spy agency such as the NSA or GCHQ anywhere in the world”, and have suggested that “the alleged surveillance may be conducted through third party advertising networks “.
Rovio CEO Mikael Hed suggested that “the most important conversation to have is how to ensure user privacy while preventing negative impact on the entire advertising industry and the myriad mobile apps that depend on ad networks “.
“In order to protect our end users, we will, like all other companies using third party ad networks, re-evaluate working with these networks if they are used for espionage purposes,” he said.
The latest leaks provided by Snowden referred to a 2012 GCHQ report that specifically referred to data siphoning from Android smartphones with Angry Birds installed. User information may include age, gender, location, and details of how they have used their phone.
Another slide from the UK spy agency titled “Golden Nugget” features a “perfect scenario” in which the target was caught “uploading a photo to a social media site taken with a mobile device.” This would allow GCHQ to take a “possible picture”, an email as well as “a host of other social work data.”