NSA and GCHQ spied gaming communities to uncover terrorist plots
A newreport suggests that the National Security Agency's spyingactivities go beyond the walls of the real world. According to a secret document disclosed by Edward Snowden, the NSA and its sister agency, the Government Communications Headquarters or GCHQ, infiltrated online gaming communities in hopes of uncovering terrorist activities and plots.
Although the NSA does not have a clear evidence to support its claim, the document shows that the project was able to link IP addresses and email addresses to suspected terrorist groups.
"Al-Qaida terrorist target selectors have been found associated withXbox Live, Second Life, World of Warcraft, and other GVEs [games and virtual environments]. Other targets includeChinese hackers, an Iranian nuclear scientist, Hizballah, and Hamas members," the document noted.
The NSA has declined to comment on the report. You can read the document here.
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