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‘Angry Birds’ Attacked

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Posted on Jan 30, 2014

Screengrab from the 'Angry Birds' website

Hackers defaced the website of “Angry Birds,” the game whose “leaky” user database was revealed as a target of British and American spying agencies.

The Guardian reports:

An image employing the NSA logo and a “spying birds” caption replaced the official Angry Birds website for a brief time on Tuesday.

The hack was in response to the revelation that the Angry Birds apps, among others, were leaking personal data via advertising networks on which the UK and US intelligence agencies were spying.

The hack was first spotted by Finland’s Helsingin Sanomat, and quickly corrected by developer Rovio.

“The defacement was caught in minutes and corrected immediately,” said Rovio’s vice president of marketing Saara Bergström to IDG. “The end user data was in no risk at any point.”

The Syrian Electronic Army described the attack as being carried out by a “friend” of the notorious hacker group on Twitter.

Read Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer’s comment on the revelation here.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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