(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Could the NSA be tracking you through mobile game apps now?
Leaked documents from former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, indicate that the NSA has been tapping into “leaky” apps through an initiative referred to as “the mobile surge.”
By hacking into smartphone apps, the agency can collect information such as age, sex, location, and even martial status, reports Fox News.
The NSA and its British counterpart, GCHQ, have used Google Maps on numerous occasions to locate a users location, continues the documents.
Additionally, newer apps such as the popular game Angry Birds have also been used to extract information from Android and iPhone devices.
“Rovio doesn’t have any previous knowledge of this matter, and have not been aware of such activity in 3rd party advertising networks,” stated Rovio’s VP of Marketing and Communications, maker of Angry Birds. “Nor do we have any involvement with the organizations you mentioned [NSA and GCHQ].”
“The mobile surge” was reportedly responsible for helping stop a bomb threat by Al Qaeda against Germany in 2007, along with arrests of Mexican cartel members suspected of murdering a U.S. Consulate employee in Mexico.