Monday, December 9, 2013

Goddess, American intelligence spies on video game players

The New York Times is reporting that American and British intelligence agencies have infiltrated online video gaming. The primary games affected are Second Life and The World of Warcraft. According to the article, spies created fictional personas who in turn engaged with other gamers to collect data and recruit informers. The linked article says a top secret NSA report states video games, " had the potential to be a “target-rich communication network” allowing intelligence suspects “a way to hide in plain sight.” So how common was this spying. So many CIA, FBI and Pentagon spies were in the Second Life universe, that a "deconfliction" group was needed. The surveillance also included XBOX Live. And where did this information come from? NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

So let me get this straight. As person who plays multiplayer Mass Effect 3, is defeating Reapers, Cerberus, Collectors and the Geth somehow a threat to our national security? Okay I get it. The government agencies think that terrorists are somehow online communicating through the virtual worlds of slaying dragons. Really? Has any terrorist been thwarted by killing trolls? And I would like to meet the radical, fundamentalist Islamic terrorist who plays Grand Theft Auto V with its strippers and prostitutes. As the Asari of Mass Effect like to say, "Goddess."

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