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Is the NSA using ‘Angry Birds’ game to mine user information?

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There have been countless news stories of late about how the NSA uses technology to allegedly spy on ordinary Americans, not just persons of interest for terrorism. However, according to the New York Post on Jan. 28, the NSA and British intelligence had plans to tap into the popular “Angry Birds” video game on smart phones to get information on players.

In the documents leaked by Edward Snowden, a secret British report has surfaced that reportedly “includes the computer code needed for plucking the profile generated when Android users play “Angry Birds,” the news organization ProPublica reported. Besides gathering location and other personal data, the code allows access to emails, buddy lists and other data.

White House press secretary Jay Carney claimed that the Obama administration and the NSA are focused only on intelligence targets.

We are not interested in the communications of people who are not valid for intelligence targets, and we are not after the information of ordinary Americans,” he said. “Terrorists, proliferators, other bad actors use the same communication tools that others use,” he said.

“Angry Birds” is owned by a company in Finland named Rovio. They claim no knowledge of spying or codes or anything else targeting their game.

QUOTE SOURCE: New York Post/Pro Publica



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