July 8, 2013 9:33

Jay-Z 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' app cloned by hackers

The app's wallpaper was changed to show anti-government messages

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Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' app was cloned by computer hackers to display anti-government messages.

The rapper's 12th album was pre-released on July 4 via a special app for Samsung Galaxy users. However, hackers managed to clone the Android app and insert messages criticising the Obama administration. The attack is believed to be part of ongoing protests against US government mass surveillance programmes revealed last month after Edward Snowden leaked details to the press.

According to the BBC, the cloned app's wallpaper features a picture of President Obama wearing headphones. Above his image are the words "Yes we scan" - believed to be a reference to the clandestine electronic surveillance program operated by the US National Security Agency (NSA) since 2007. It is also plays on the slogan that President Obama campaigned under "Yes, we can."

Yesterday, it was revealed that Jay-Z handed a 16-year-old the chance to produce a track on his new album 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'. Canadian teenager Ebony Oshunrinde, who is known as WondaGurl, is credited on the LP for her work on the track 'Crown'. Oshunrinde, who has only just finished her 11th grade studies at school, came to the hip-hop star's attention after she met an acquaintance of his, Travis Scott, and gave him a tape of a reggae-influenced beat she had made. "It's a really good feeling," she said. "I want to show young people that they can do it.

Oshunrinde joins a list of other contributing artists on the LP which includes Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Rick Ross and Frank Ocean. 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' is currently streaming unofficially online and is also available to Samsung mobile phone users as part of a deal with Jay-Z.

Click here to read NME's Louis Pattison's reaction to the first listen of the album.

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