Trust your game? Rovio unveils Angry Birds Friends database
It’s been over a decade since Finnish game creator Rovio caused a stir with Angry Birds. New levels have been periodically added to keep players’ interest and, capitalizing on this success, the company has followed it up with other games such as Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds 2. They have also released a version based on tournaments called Angry Birds Friends.
Rovio has kept the tournament version fresh and exciting by releasing loads of new levels every week. The object of the game is to beat the people you are playing against and after completing each level you will see where you rank among those in front and behind you – both squares and points.
Now, it looks like Angry Birds Friends had a little problem, and it’s not a new one, just a new find.
Those who opened the game yesterday were greeted with an unexpected message starting with “A copy of the Angry Birds Friends game database has been publicly available on the Internet for some time.” It then tries to assure users that it does not contain any contact or payment information.
More information can be found on the company’s website.
From August 25, 2020 to May 24, 2021, a copy of the Angry Birds Friends game database was publicly available on the Internet. The database would have been very difficult to find and we have no evidence that anyone accessed the data with malicious intent.
As soon as this was discovered, we immediately prevented all external access to the database on May 24, 2021. We also promptly involved our lead data protection authority.
The database contained the in-game profile, including game progress and leaderboard scores, of each player who had started playing prior to August 25, 2020. Additionally, the profiles of players who had registered through Facebook or had logged in to Facebook may include some of their public Facebook profile information (at most first name, last name, gender and date of birth, if that’s what the player added to their Facebook profile).
Facebook’s information might be slightly disturbing given that this is probably how most users log in; the game is not very fun without. But, overall, it doesn’t seem like there is too much wrong here, from what we’re told, anyway.