Posts Tagged ‘Millennial Media’

Prologue

There have been several conspiracies accompanying two most vigilant agencies we have ever witnessed – the NSA and GCHQ. This however wasn’t an end of their conspiracy streak. The vigilant agencies strike again – this time with yet another bizarre scheme and unbelievably absurd plot. The NSA and GCHQ have been supposedly targeting renowned applications such as Angry Birds as a source of user data.

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The Conspiracy

The notorious agencies originating from the US and UK take undue credit on commercial data. Furthermore, they are determined to collect user data such as location, age, sex and other basic details from permeable applications including Angry Birds – which is perhaps the most playable game for every age group we know of.

The agencies are all set to infiltrate our privacy – or may be it already has as they have all the tools to execute their wicked schemes. Angry Birds along with other Smartphone applications that send out user information over the Internet are termed “LEAKY”. These applications are the primarily targeted by the NSA and GCHQ.

Snowden Revelations Recalled

According to Snowden revelations, Apple has been making the backdoor for the NSA. With this allegation, it now becomes crystal clear that the vigilant agencies have gone mobile. Along with Angry Birds, there are many applications that leak our personal data. In fact, we often share our scores on online scoreboards and compete with so-called online friends.

Except your social circle, are you sure that the person you are competing with isn’t a spy. As per an earlier witnessed buzz, NSA deployed its agents on different servers of leading and frequently played MMORPG such as Dota2 and World of Warcraft. With MMORPGs already victimized, Smartphone games and applications become the new target.

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Now the naïve among you might ignore this allegation. In fact, I am not sure if you give a damn to your personal information being leaked all over the Internet. However, intellectuals will understand the gravity of this concern and the tech-savvy community will surely condemn this.

There have been tons of documents delivered to The Guardian by Edward Snowden AKA The Whistleblower or Traitor to some of you. As per Snowden revelations, the NSA and GCHQ have been engaged in collecting massive amount of mobile and Meta Data.

Supposed Involvement of Millennial Media

By targeting the gaming community, they have just gone extreme – first MMORPGs and now Smartphone application. I mean come-on spare our leisure activities at least. I don’t think a terrorist would prefer to play Angry Birds, Candy Crush or Subway Surfers in his free time.

Judging from the information we give-away while using these leaky apps, the vigilant agencies can access information about our location, age, sex, gender, country, marital status and zip code etc. However, the NSA states that its actions are justified as they serve the interest of national and global security and their surveillance targets only intelligence targets not innocent people. Another claim targeted Millennial Media to be allegedly working with the NSA and GCHQ.

Millennial Media is a mobile ad platform which can offer access to massive user information – if the rumor is true. Millennial Media website declared that the platform has partnered with Zynga (a brand that launched Farmville and Texas HoldEm Poker), Rovio (maker of Angry Birds) and Activision (developer of Call of Duty) and many more.

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Conclusion

Rovio (maker of Angry Birds) clearly declined the allegations saying that it has no allegiance with the NSA. Furthermore, Rovio also stated that the company has no idea about any user information leaked or slipped to the NSA or GCHQ for that matter. In addition, Rovio isn’t aware of the data leakage via any third party mobile ad platform, says Saara Bergström – Rovio’s VP (Marketing and Communications).

Millennial Media, a mobile ad platform alleged to be responsible for the data leak had nothing to say in this regard. Hence, I leave the conclusions to all the open minds out there – to hypothesize the ending – and to explore the reliability behind the rumors associated with this conspiracy.