World of Warcraft and Second Life have been tapped by the NSA
Famous whistle-blower, Edward Snowdon has released new documents and evidence, stating that the NSA uses mmo games such as World of Warcraft to combat terrorism. The documents explain how US ad UK spies have been infiltrating online gaming chat-logs, Xbox Live communications and virtual worlds communities in an attempt to target terrorist activity.
The ex-NSA agent explained that to a range of newspapers and journalism sites that the reason for listening in on gaming activity was to monitor for military activity that could be potentially hidden "in plain sight". Activities that they were looking for included moving currency and networking.
Spy agencies, such as GCHQ in the UK, have allegedly cracked down on organized crime, and the selling of stolen credit card information as a result of their digital endeavors in Second Life and have identified everything from potential agents to extremist cells within World of Warcraft.
The GCHQ have not confirmed their activity, but have stated that whatever they have done, in terms of online surveillance, has been done legally in accordance with any terms and conditions and legal framework, so from what we can gather, they may well be within their right to investigate gamers' chat logs and online records.
World of Warcraft developers, Blizzard have issued a statement to assure gamers that they were unaware of the NSA's activity in-game.
"We are unaware of any surveillance taking place...if it was, it would have been done without our knowledge or permission."