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  • Spy Agencies Scour Phone Apps for Personal Data

    01/27/2014 9:57:07 AM PST · by John W · 52 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 27, 2014 | JAMES GLANZ, JEFF LARSON and ANDREW W. LEHREN
    When a smartphone user opens Angry Birds, the popular game application, and starts slinging birds at chortling green pigs, spy agencies have plotted how to lurk in the background to snatch data revealing the player’s location, age, sex and other personal information, according to secret British intelligence documents. In their globe-spanning surveillance for terrorism suspects and other targets, the National Security Agency and its British counterpart have been trying to exploit a basic byproduct of modern telecommunications: With each new generation of mobile phone technology, ever greater amounts of personal data pour onto networks where spies can pick it up....
  • NSA spying through Angry Birds, Google Maps, leaked documents reportedly reveal

    01/27/2014 1:33:42 PM PST · by Doogle · 25 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 01/27/14 | FOXNEWS
    The NSA and its British counterpart are tapping popular smartphone apps such as Angry Birds to peek into the tremendous amounts of very personal data those bits of software collect -- including age, location, sex and even sexual preferences, according to new reports from the New York Times and The Guardian. Citing confidential documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the reports detail efforts to supplement data collection from cell phone carriers and smartphones by tapping into “leaky” apps themselves. “Some apps, the documents state, can share users' most sensitive information such as sexual orientation – and one app recorded in...
  • NSA and GCHQ target 'leaky' phone apps like Angry Birds to scoop user data

    01/27/2014 10:58:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | January 27, 2014 | James Ball
    The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of "leaky" smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users' private information across the internet, according to top secret documents. The data pouring onto communication networks from the new generation of iPhone and Android apps ranges from phone model and screen size to personal details such as age, gender and location. Some apps, the documents state, can share users' most sensitive information such as sexual orientation – and one app recorded in the material even sends specific sexual preferences...
  • 5 Secret Conservative Messages Hidden in Angry Birds

    03/19/2013 11:50:04 AM PDT · by svcw · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 14, 2012 | Andrew Klavan
    Can anyone tell me the difference between playing Angry Birds and getting hooked on methamphetamines?
  • Crab amputates its own claw after battle with angry birds (so it can grow BACK!)

    03/21/2012 6:40:27 PM PDT · by rawhide · 16 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 3-21-12 | Ted Thornhill
    When it comes to fearless battlefield feats – there can be few to match that of the crab that amputated its own claw. Filmed on the remote Pacific island of Clipperton, the crustacean is initially part of a raiding party on the nest of a group of Boobie birds. However, he gets separated from his comrades and comes under a vicious attack. The angry birds relentlessly peck him and in the end badly injure one of his claws. But this is no defeat for the crab. Instead of feeling sorry for himself he courageously cuts off the limp limb and...
  • The big squawk

    10/14/2011 8:55:27 AM PDT · by lakeprincess · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Oct. 14, 2011 | Jennifer Harper
    The most “sought after” adult Halloween costumes of 2011 are Angry Birds, of Rovio mobile app fame, this according to Buy.com, the massive online retailer that has 60,000 costumes to choose from.
  • Angry Birds and Disney combine to explain Arab uprising

    03/30/2011 12:23:03 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 30, 2011
    Taking a cue from Bugs Bunny knocking Hitler in the head with a mallet, YouTube user Egor Zhgun created a short animated piece based on the recent revolts in the Arab world. The short video, entitled 'Three Big Pigs', uses melodies from Walt Disney's The Three Little Pigs and characters from Angry Birds to re-enact the rebellions in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. With the public as the birds in the spoof, the pigs are represented by Tunisian ex-president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Egyptian ex-president Hosni Mubarak, and Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi. After outing the former Tunisian and Egyptian leaders,...
  • Android users hit by malware attacks

    03/04/2011 6:09:30 AM PST · by est1995 · 36 replies
    FT.com ^ | March 3 | Joseph Menn
    <p>Tens of thousands of users of Android-based smartphones have downloaded applications capable of taking over their phones with malicious software designed to steal data or send expensive messages, security experts have warned.</p> <p>The apps mimicked legitimate programs and carried such names as Chess, Bowling Time and Super Guitar Solo, but allowed the developers to exploit a security flaw in most versions of Android.</p>