For all the app buffs out there!
Are you one of the eager fans of funny apps such as Angry Birds, Candy Crush Saga and Plants Vs. Zombies? This information concerns you!
The above mentioned apps and all that are similar are being used as some kind of spyware by security agencies like the NSA (United States of America) and GCHQ (United Kingdom), as suggested by information provided by former analyst Edward Snowden, published by The Guardian. The highly renowned technology blog Gizmodo has even dubbed its post “The NSA Spies on You Even When You Play Angry Birds”.
According to Wikipedia, over 12 million copies of Angry Birds have been purchased from Apple’s App Store, while 2 billion of downloads are estimated across all platforms, including both regular and special editions.
Naturally the app’s creators (Rovio) have denied any involvement in spying actions:
Rovio doesn’t have any previous knowledge of this matter, and have not been aware of such activity in 3rd party advertising networks: Saara Bergström, Rovio’s VP of marketing and communications.
What kinds of data have been illegally obtained by the NSA and other agencies?
Using all kinds of special tricks, the NSA and friends have been able to skim everything from people’s smartphone identification codes to to their buddy lists to their sexual preferences from mobile apps. Gizmodo.
In this day and age it would be ludicrous to claim this news are shocking and unexpected, therefore we don’t presume to encourage our readers to stop downloading funny apps as they love to. We can only advise people to think twice before using smartphones, tablets and computers to save sensitive information and/or their dirty little secrets.
By the way, let’s all wave hi to the NSA sneaky wankers monitoring this post!
January 27th, 2014.