In a statement provided to Wired, the US National Security Agency (NSA) said it is “currently investigating whether Google Maps data could have been altered by hackers.”
The statement said the investigation was being conducted in cooperation with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), which is a division of the Department of Homeland Security.
NCMEC declined to comment further.
The NSA statement also said that “the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) are conducting an investigation into whether the Google Maps app improperly allowed a person with an unauthorized Google account to modify the GPS data.”
It said “these investigations are ongoing.”
Google declined to provide any additional information about the matter.
A number of Google maps apps have been pulled from the App Store and the Google Play Store, according to Ars Technica.
Ars Technic has reached out to Google for comment and will update this post if we hear back.
Ars has reached Outfront to ask Google about the new investigation.