- NSA, GCHQ scour Angry Birds, phone apps for compromising info on users!
The US National Security Agency and its UK counterpart, GCHQ, have the ability to harvest sensitive personal data from phone apps that transmit users’ data across the web, such as the extremely popular Angry Birds game.
Along with obtaining information about the specific dimensions and model of an individual’s iPhone or Android, the intelligence agencies are also able to acquire details on that person’s age, gender, and location. Details about a user’s political affiliation, sexual orientation, and how promiscuous they are may also be vulnerable.
This information – which was revealed in dozens of top secret documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden – was first reported Monday by the Guardian in partnership with the New York Times and ProPublica.
Both the NSA and GCHQ are able to “piggyback” on third party advertisements that a user unwittingly brings onto their device when they first download an app. Those ads, along with geolocation information embedded in images a user uploads to a social media site like Facebook and Twitter, essentially pinpoints where an individual is in the world.