Angry Birds website hacked after spying charges

India Today Online  New Delhi, January 30, 2014 | UPDATED 13:50 IST
The image that was uploaded to the Angry Birds site after it was hacked on Wednesday.

Video game developer Rovio confirmed on Wednesday that hackers had defaced its Angry Birds site with an image that read “Spying Birds” and which sported an NSA logo.

The attack is reportedly a fall out of the publication of certain leaks that indicated that the US spy agency and its British counterpart GCHQ had used and obtained data released by one of the Finnish firm’s games.

Rovio, however, said it had not “collaborated or colluded” with any government spy agency.

Rovio said it had quickly fixed its site.

“The defacement was caught in minutes and corrected immediately,” marketing manager Saara Bergstrom was quoted as saying.

“The end user data was in no risk at any point. Due to how the internet name resolution works, for most areas it was not visible at all, but some areas take time for the correct information to be updated,” she said.

On Twitter, the Syrian Electronic Army tweeted, “A friend hacked and defaced @Angrybirds website after reports confirms its spying on people. The attack was by “Anti-NSA” Hacker, He sent an email to our official email with the link of the hacked website.”

In various reports on Monday, the New York Times, ProPublica and the Guardian had posted copies of documents obtained from whistle-blower Edward Snowden that suggested that the NSA and the GCHQ had worked together since 2007 to develop ways to gain access to information from phone and tablet applications.

The reports said that the information could include details of the owner’s age, sex, location and even if they were currently listening to music or making a call. It added that the range of information depended in part on which online advertising network Rovio sent the details to.

Following the news, Rovio posted a blog saying it would now reconsider how it shared data with its partners.