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The NSA has infiltrated WoW

#1CaptainMetManPosted 12/9/2013 12:47:57 PM
Enjoy.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/09/nsa-spies-online-games-world-warcraft-second-life

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/10/world/spies-dragnet-reaches-a-playing-field-of-elves-and-trolls.html?_r=1&


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#2therickmu25Posted 12/9/2013 12:49:26 PM
I mean. It is a pretty clever place to discuss illegal activities.
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#3CasualHater222Posted 12/9/2013 12:51:39 PM
inb4 some idiot says "if you have nothing to hide, why worry?"
#4KidInTheHallPosted 12/9/2013 12:55:02 PM(edited)
WoW what a surprise.

CasualHater222 posted...
inb4 some idiot says "if you have nothing to hide, why worry?"


This sounds like something a terrorist would say.

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#5CaptainMetMan(Topic Creator)Posted 12/9/2013 12:55:37 PM
therickmu25 posted...
I mean. It is a pretty clever place to discuss illegal activities.


I'll give you that, but I can't help but giggle at the thought of an office full of agents casing an alchemy and leatherworking/crafting shop for possible leads.
#6calcyclePosted 12/9/2013 12:55:45 PM
If you have nothing to hide, why... Oh, someone predicted I would say this.
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#7MagnemightPosted 12/9/2013 1:13:33 PM(edited)
how

how will they do this efficiently

seriously

The games rely on lifelike graphics

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#8Bluez09Posted 12/9/2013 1:20:01 PM
Sounds like an awesome job. Yea level my Druid to 85 while I spy on some suspecting "alliance" allies.
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#9HighOnPhazonPosted 12/9/2013 1:20:44 PM
How would you like to be that NSA employee that's whole job is to run around as Gnome and try to befriend people looking for terrorists in WoW?

NSA, you really are something.
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#10GoIrish80Posted 12/9/2013 1:23:30 PM
1) Wouldn't mind that job
2) I really don't understand why people make a big deal about this anymore, considering the world we live in.

As technology advances, people who are in the business of law enforcement have to advance with it. I mean do you seriously not want agencies like the NSA to do anything pro-active when it comes to trying to stop terrorism, school shootings, or whatever the hell else that goes along those lines? If there are criminals stupid enough to talk about doing things like this on a message board, in a video game, or wherever else on the internet that is a "new" place to go for criminal activities, do you really not want ANYONE out there trying to police that and stop it? Are you saying that if someone wants to go on World of Warcraft, or Eve, or wherever and plan a school shooting that they should be allowed to feel comfortable in that setting doing it?

What is one of the things that people cling to the most on the internet? Anonymity. Look at how everyone is freaking flipping out at what Google/YouTube/whatever is trying to force upon people with using their real names in postings. A lot of people hate that, do they not? So if we all want to keep this anonymity thing going on the Internet, then why are the people who are on the law enforcement side of things not able to be anonymous as well? Why do people continuously fight for not having to use their real names online, but when something is posted about the NSA, Secret Service, or whoever doing something anonymously on the internet, everyone flips out about it? Shouldn't they both be held to the same standards?

I'm not saying that government never misuses their power. Of course they do, and they always will. As long as human beings are in a position of decision making, bad decisions are going to be made. It just seems to me like a huge deal is made of something like this every single time it comes out and the absolute worst is assumed, rather than considering the other side of the coin which is that we have a world now in which any grouping of people can anonymously plan something pretty bad online. SOMETHING has to be done to combat that, does it not?
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