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NSA even spied on online game World of Warcraft

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 - 11:24am IST Updated: Tuesday, 10 December 2013 - 11:40am IST | Agency: ANI

The documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden have reportedly revealed that the US’ spy agency extended its snooping programmes to even the online games like ‘World of Warcraft’


It has been alleged that the NSA and its UK counterpart, GCHQ, sought to infiltrate the massive virtual worlds in online video games and interactive environments like ‘Second Life’


According to Fox News, the revealed document titled “Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments,” the agencies tried to address the potential terrorist use of such games and began analyzing in-game communications as early as 2007


The documents pointed that certain games offer realistic weapons training, military operations and tactics, photorealistic land navigation and terrain familiarization, and leadership skills and pointed that some of the 9/11 pilots had never flown a real plane but trained using Microsoft’s Flight Simulator


The report said that real-world agents were deployed into those virtual worlds to extract communications, recruit potential informants and keep tabs on potential terrorists and even a ‘deconfliction’ group was required to ensure they weren't spying on each other


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