Report: NSA Agents Spying on Gamers in Virtual Worlds
Posted on December 9, 2013
The latest spying news is that NSA and CIA agents are spying on gamers in virtual worlds, such as World of Warcraft and Second Life. The NSA also reportedly conducted surveillance in Xbox Live. The report is based on information in documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
ProPublica reports that Blizzard, the company that makes World of Warcraft is unaware of any spying activity. A Blizzard spokesperson says, "We are unaware of any surveillance taking place. If it was, it would have been done without our knowledge or permission."
There are ways for people to connect inside video games so they could potentially used by terrorists to secretly share information and plot attacks. There is also a concern terrorists could use virtual currency in virtual worlds as a way to launder money, but the New York Times says this currency is already closely monitored for fraud. Some are saying this is just an excuse for NSA agents to play video games. Take a look:
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