Attacks/Breaches

Angry Birds Site Toppled After Surveillance Report

Syrian Electronic Army ally allegedly defaces Rovio's Angry Birds website over reports that company shared user data with US and UK surveillance agencies.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Susan Fourtané
50%
50%
Susan Fourtané,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/31/2014 | 6:11:14 AM
Re: Not the first & certainly not the last app to spy
norris, 

There is basic principle that everybody seems to be forgetting. If you don't want something to be known you keep it secret. You don't go giving the information you consider too private to every single application you download.

When you don't want people to know something you don't talk about it publicly, i.e. the Internet. 

So why people complain when their marrital status and location, for instance, are revealed when it was them the ones who posted the information on the Internet? 

The fact that Facebook, or an app asks for certain information doesn't mean you have to give it away, does it? 

-Susan
Susan Fourtané
50%
50%
Susan Fourtané,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/31/2014 | 6:04:27 AM
Re: Game over
Shane, 

I believe what Makael Hed, CEO of Rovio, said: "We do not collaborate, collude, or share data with spy agencies anywhere in the world." 

I don't think I am mistaken in saying that you can trust Rovio. 

Rovio has been a victim just as many other companies have been. 

-Susan
norris1231
100%
0%
norris1231,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/29/2014 | 10:05:38 PM
Re: Not the first & certainly not the last app to spy
I like your second point as well.  Many users freely give information with reading the small print.  Everything is instant for us today and we do not want to take the time to even read the agreement portion of the apps.  Information will continue to be stolen from users as long as they refuse to take the time and read the small print.
norris1231
50%
50%
norris1231,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/29/2014 | 9:58:23 PM
Re: Not the first & certainly not the last app to spy
Nice points!  The sad part comes in two forms for me.  The first form is that users don't realize this prior to entering their personal info into various apps.  The second part is that companies actually take your personal information and communicate it to third party sites.  We must be open minded and realize that Hackers are all around us at all times.
norris1231
50%
50%
norris1231,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/29/2014 | 9:55:10 PM
Re: Game over
It's amazing to me that you can even play a simple game anymore.  I know plenty of individuals (Mostly women) who go crazy over the Angry Birds game.  Hackers have found a way to steal personal info from simple games now.  However, hackers also know who and what to target.  This isn't out of the norm; they just caught many individuals with their pants down with this hacking scheme.  The home page was total re-arranged by the hackers leaving many wondering if the site will ever be safe again.  A nice site to visit is Fox News.com website Source: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/01/29/angry-birds-site-hacked-after-surveillance-claims/
Shane M. O'Neill
50%
50%
Shane M. O'Neill,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/29/2014 | 4:59:10 PM
Game over
Most mobile apps provide great content and usability and we consume them like hungry wolves without thinking about our data being collected and spread to ad networks, or worse, being intercepted by spy agencies. This isn't fun anymore.
asksqn
50%
50%
asksqn,
User Rank: Ninja
1/29/2014 | 4:45:15 PM
Not the first & certainly not the last app to spy
I find it amusing/sad at the same time to note that a game was responsible for drawing the ire of privacy advocates.  The fact is, any mobile app will collect user info and transmit it back to the mother ship without user knowledge. (Apple gives users the ability to determine what phones home while Android just nuked the feature on its latest platform version.)  Of course, the app maker will point out that in order to install the app in the first place, the user first had to agree to give it carte blanche access, and, since most don't bother to read exactly what they are agreeing to, we have wholesale spying going on directly under the noses of the mobile device using public. 
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2013-2184
Published: 2015-03-27
Movable Type before 5.2.6 does not properly use the Storable::thaw function, which allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via the comment_state parameter.

CVE-2014-3619
Published: 2015-03-27
The __socket_proto_state_machine function in GlusterFS 3.5 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (infinite loop) via a "00000000" fragment header.

CVE-2014-8121
Published: 2015-03-27
DB_LOOKUP in nss_files/files-XXX.c in the Name Service Switch (NSS) in GNU C Library (aka glibc or libc6) 2.21 and earlier does not properly check if a file is open, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (infinite loop) by performing a look-up while the database is iterated over...

CVE-2014-9712
Published: 2015-03-27
Websense TRITON V-Series appliances before 7.8.3 Hotfix 03 and 7.8.4 before Hotfix 01 allows remote administrators to read arbitrary files and obtain passwords via a crafted path.

CVE-2015-0658
Published: 2015-03-27
The DHCP implementation in the PowerOn Auto Provisioning (POAP) feature in Cisco NX-OS does not properly restrict the initialization process, which allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary commands as root by sending crafted response packets on the local network, aka Bug ID CSCur14589.

Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Good hackers--aka security researchers--are worried about the possible legal and professional ramifications of President Obama's new proposed crackdown on cyber criminals.