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Swedes Shame the NSA With Gingerbread Data Center Spy Movie

•, By Robert McMillan
 Last weekend, over beers, Jon Karlung and Love Ekenberg made an animated movie in which three government gingerbread men spy on an edible version of the Pionen data center that Karlung operates in Stockholm. The racks of blinking servers inside this frosted computer palace are supported by candy canes. The ominous gingerbread men wheel in a sugary Trojan Horse. And as the scene spins into a blur of cookies and dry ice, the creepy music reaches a crescendo and — oh my god! — some sort of flying gingerbread contraption is hovering over the data center.

Somewhere in the middle, you’ll even see a delicious looking, candy-studded Kazakhian camel jump over a cliff.

In an email interview, we asked Karlung, the CEO of Swedish internet service provider Bahnhof, to explain the film, and he called it “nightmare vision of how the internet is threatened by mass surveillance.” Indeed. “They peep into your own house,” he said. “They plant Trojans in your house. They steal your privacy.”

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