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    NSA Listens to Xbox Live, World of Warcraft Communications






    New documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal US and UK spies have the ability to eavesdrop on conversations in Xbox Live, and have even placed agents in games including World of Warcraft and Second Life.

    Fresh information released by The Guardian reveals government agents on both sides of the Atlantic have been paying close attention to online gaming communities since at least 2008.

    A September 2008 memo from the NSA's UK sister agency GCHQ reveals that the organisation had "successfully been able to get the discussions between different game players on Xbox Live," while agents were put in both World of Warcraft and Second Life in a bid to monitor users' "buddylists and interaction".

    While there's no evidence that such methods were successful in foiling any terrorist plots, an analyst apparently referred to them in a report as offering a "target-rich communications network" where potential threats could "hide in plain sight". It was apparently run out the Menwith Hill base in North Yorkshire.

    While Microsoft declined to comment on the report, World of Warcraft developer Blizzard told the paper it was "unaware of any surveillance taking place. If it was, it would have been done without our knowledge or permission." GCHQ, meanwhile, didn't confirm or deny the report, only adding the actions were carried out "in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework which ensures that its activities are authorised, necessary and proportionate, and there is rigorous oversight, including from the secretary of state, the interception and intelligence services commissioners and the Intelligence and Security Committee."

    How many individuals' private communications and data were accessed isn't known.

    NSA Can Listen to Xbox Live, World of Warcraft Communications - IGN

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    No surprises there. Amazing what our government will do to enforce itself upon us.
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    Sucks, now when I play BF4 I'll have to stop referring to jeeps with C4 on them as "Jihad Jeeps".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swiper View Post
    Edward snowden is an American hero. he's an example of a patriot, calling out your govt for its wrongdoings.
    yet they call him evil and terrorist... of course the gov does say that, but its BULL SHIT, the Gov is the evil ones.....
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    I feel sorry for them. The NSA, I mean. Lord knows what they have to listen to.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OfficerFarva View Post
    Sucks, now when I play BF4 I'll have to stop referring to jeeps with C4 on them as "Jihad Jeeps".
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