NSA & GCHQ “planted agents” into World of Warcraft & Second Life to spy on gamers

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http://rt.com/news/nsa-uk-spy-world-warcraft-942/

The NSA and the UK’s GCHQ spying agencies have collected players’ charts and deployed real-life agents into online World of Warcraft and Second Life games, a new leak by whistleblower Edward Snowden has revealed.

An NSA document from 2008, titled “Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments,” was published Monday by The Guardian in partnership with The New York Times and ProPublica.

In the report, the agency warned of the risk of leaving games communities under-monitored and described them as a “target-rich communications network” where intelligence targets could “hide in plain sight.”

The document showed that the US and UK spy agencies were collecting large amounts of data in the Xbox Live console network, which has more than 48 million players.

Real-life agents have been deployed into the World of Warcraft multiplayer online role-playing game and the virtual world of Second Life, in which people interact with each other through avatars.

The NSA and GCHQ also tried to recruit potential informants among the gamers, the report said.

The NSA had so many agents inside the games that a special “de-confliction” group was set up to make sure they wouldn’t hamper each other’s operations.

If analyzed properly, the online games can become a major source of intelligence data, the unnamed author of the paper stressed.

They could be used to build pictures of the players’ social networks, obtain their photos and geographical locations, as well as gather their communications. The games were also a convenient window for hacking attacks, the report said.

However, the document provided no information about terrorist plots uncovered via online games surveillance, or any proof of terrorist organizations using them for communication.

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“also tried to recruit potential informants among the gamers”

“spying agencies have collected players’ charts and deployed real-life agents into online World of Warcraft and Second Life games”

remember when claims like these were just crazy conspiracy chatter?..its real..

“The NSA had so many agents inside the games that a special “de-confliction” group was set up”

nice..

401

~ by seeker401 on December 12, 2013.

2 Responses to “NSA & GCHQ “planted agents” into World of Warcraft & Second Life to spy on gamers”

  1. RIGHT AGAIN, DAMN I am going to have to give him WAY too many COOKIES. GOD DAMN the NSA SNOWDEN is a FUCKING HERO!

  2. Reblogged this on Real News Australia and commented:
    Even the virtual world isn’t safe from the tentacles of the intelligence gathering agencies.

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