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    There is hope, only not for us.

    NSA spied on 'World of Warcraft,' other online games, leaked documents show

    Published December 09,

    • Artwork depicts characters from the hit online game "World of Warcraft." (World of Warcraft)

    You can never trust a Halfling again.
    The National Security Agency (NSA) and UK sister agency GCHQ sought to infiltrate the massive virtual worlds in online video games such as "World of Warcraft" and interactive environments like "Second Life," according to the latest secret documents stolen by Edward Snowden and jointly released by the Guardian, the New York Times and ProPublica.
    According to a document titled “Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments,” the secretive spy agencies were concerned by potential terrorist use of such games and felt an immediate need to begin analyzing in-game communications as early as 2007.

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    Re: Spy vs Orcs

    When they say everything, they mean everything . . .


    • #3
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      I posted this in the Allende thread, but better used in this one:

      "I posit that terror is now taking a different, more subtle direction. The NSA is now reviewing every post, email, phone call, and whatever communication ordinary citizens have. This happened under Bush and continues at an even higher level under Obama. It is of course for "our protection" from terrorists.

      The great danger is that governments have gotten too large and will try to control more facets of our lives. Freedom and the constitution are being subverted.
      Citizens will need to take a stand."


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        Re: Spy vs Orcs

        Originally posted by vt View Post
        ...Citizens will need to take a stand."
        No thanks, I'm allergic to hickory batons and tear gas.


        • #5
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          I'm no fan of excessive surveillance, but massive multiplayer games DO provide a means for naughty folks to communicate with a possibly reduced risk of state interception.

          Asymmetric/irregular warfare trade craft using the internet is very real.

          But if we weren't able to stop pre internet trade craft such as numbers stations and load/unload signals, what makes us think we will be able to stop the bulk of internet enabled trade craft?