Angry Birds website hacked after reports of NSA and GCHQ snoop-operation
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 14:03
Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The website of Angry Birds app maker Rovio had been reportedly hacked, two days after the US and UK spy agencies' snoop-operation on personal data of its customers.

Rovio has confirmed that hackers defaced its Angry Birds site with an image entitled Spying Birds, featuring an NSA logo.

The hacking came after the secret documents revealed that the intelligence agencies used mobile apps like Facebook, Twitter and Google Maps to extract user data.

Called 'leaky' apps by the reports, the apps use photo sharing, geo-tagging, sharing of location and a host of other permissions.

The report said that the website's defacement appears to be the result of a DNS (Domain Name System) attack where the site's name servers were swapped with others under the attackers' control.

“The defacement was caught in minutes and corrected immediately, adding that no end user data was compromised in the attack that affected only some users”, said Saara Bergstrom,Vice President of marketing communications at Rovio Entertainment.

Following the revelations, Rovio had given a statement denying that it collaborates or shares data with any government spy agencies, the report added.

(With Agency inputs)

First Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 14:03

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