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Ed Snowden: "CIA and NSA Are Spying On the X-Box Network and W.o.W"

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    Agency spies snooped on online gaming worlds, including World of Warcraft, Second Life and Xbox Live

    Online games are, or at the very least have been in the past, thick with spies, the latest disclosure from whistleblower Edward Snowden shows.

    The US and British spying agencies - the National Security Agency (NSA) and GCHQ - have deployed undercover agents working behind avatars in online games such as those on Xbox Live, World of Warcraft, and Second Life, according to the newly released files.

    In fact, there have been so many FBI, CIA, and Pentagon spooks kicking around as elves, Orcs and supermodels, a "deconfliction" group is needed to avoid them all colliding into each other, according to the newly released, top-secret documents.

    The Guardian obtained the latest files to come out in NSA-gate. Written in 2008, they're titled "Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments."

    The Guardian published the documents on Monday in partnership with the New York Times and ProPublica.

    In the files, the NSA said that terrorists were already operating with the help of internet-enabled communications such as email, Voice over IP (VoIP), chat, proxies, and web forums, so it was "highly likely" they'd use the same type of communication channels in games and virtual environments (GVEs).

    The NSA analyst or analysts who authored the files noted that GVEs at the time were offering private chat, group chat, chat to an alias, and broadcast chat, via both text and voice.

    Xbox Live also allowed a bunch of those technologies to converge, allowing gaming over the Xbox 360 console and/or messaging over a PC with normal MSN chat.

    Second Life, meanwhile, offered anonymous SMS texting and anonymous phone calling, the NSA noted, while some games allowed third-party interfaces that permitted limited functions within a browser - a good way to get by without high bandwidth, as is the case in internet cafés, for example.

    All those places to connect, interact or share would be prime operating ground for terrorist web forums, the NSA pointed out.

    What's more, the games offer realistic training in weapon use, military operations and tactics, photorealistic land navigation and terrain familiarization, and leadership skills: a perfect place to learn how to carry out terrorist violence without risking any operatives.

    From the files:

    Some of the 9-11 pilots had never flown a real plane, they had only trained using Microsoft's Flight Simulator. When the mission is expensive, risky, or dangerous, it is often a wiser idea to exercise virtually, rather than really blow an operative up assembling a bomb or exposing a sleeper agent to law enforcement scrutiny.

    The intelligence agencies have prepared to track targets training in these online gaming forums for terrorist actions by building mass-collection capabilities against the Xbox Live console network, which has more than 48 million players.

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  2. Methuselah

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    By the end of it I don't think that there will be any network that it turns out they haven't either infiltrated or tried to infiltrate. I mean really, I'm paying taxes so that GCHQ can play WoW? They should be doing something more productive.
     
  3. black101

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    so we can use GTA 5 for planning a bank heist.
     
  4. SlappinDaBees

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    We'll technically there isn't anything preventing them from all joining a game but this..

    "In fact, there have been so many FBI, CIA, and Pentagon spooks kicking around as elves, Orcs and supermodels, a "deconfliction" group is needed to avoid them all colliding into each other, according to the newly released, top-secret documents."

    This is where I draw the line! Like Methuselah already said, that's our fucking money they are spending on agents 'working' in the game.
     
  5. GreyKnight

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    The have invented the best way on how to play game during work hours.

    What a beautiful job. Just grinding up your gear, do PVP and raids, and watch out chat panels for supposed "terrorists".

    Even if I do communicate seditious things through WOW, I do that through /w.
    Or build my own private guild, so I can use my guild announcement system to announce latest plan and targets.
    Nobody will say "I will bomb US tomorrow" on faction channel.

    The "infiltration" to WoW is a useless thing.
    Infiltrating to Gmail and Yahoo, through unethical, logically can still net some useful things.
    But WoW? Logically none.
     
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    Where can I apply for the job?
     
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    i wonder if "DC Universe" is safe...