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Angry Birds website hacked following NSA claims

The official Angry Birds website was defaced by hackers following a leaked National Security Agency document that claimed US and British spy agencies gain access to personal data from the mobile app.

The hackers superimposed the NSA logo onto one of the angry bird characters Credit: Twitter/@ProPublica

Users trying to access the website late on Tuesday evening were met with an image of one of the Angry Bird characters with an NSA logo and the text "Spying Birds".

Rovia, the video game developer which created the game, denied collaborating with government agencies and sharing data.

"Rovio Entertainment Ltd, which is headquartered in Finland, does not share data, collaborate or collude with any government spy agencies such as NSA or GCHQ anywhere in the world," the firm said in a statement.

“Our fans’ trust is the most important thing for us and we take privacy extremely seriously," said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio Entertainment.

"As the alleged surveillance might be happening through third party advertising networks, the most important conversation to be had is how to ensure user privacy is protected," he said.

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), known for hacking the New York Times last year, claims an associated group was responsible for the hack.

"A friend hacked and defaced @Angrybirds website after reports confirms its spying on people. The attack was by 'Anti-NSA' Hacker," the SEA tweeted, adding "He sent an email to our official email with the link of the hacked website."


First Angry Birds theme park in UK opens

The first Angry Birds activity park in the UK has opened today at Sundown Adventureland in Retford, Nottinghamshire.

Peter Vesterbacka, Chief Marketing Officer for Rovio hopes to open theme parks around the world. Credit: PA

The park includes swings, sandpits, animal spring riders and a range of climbing towers with slides.

The company behind the popular game said they hoped the park would "get people who would normally be sat at home in front of the screen out of the house and engaging in physical activity".