Dec 10 2013, 2:20am CST | by Gene Ryan Briones
A new report suggests that the National Security Agency's spying activities 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.
The 2008 document, titled "Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments," revealed through The Guardian today, also shows that the agencies deployed real agents to search gaming communities, particularly Second Life and World of Warcraft. The document even reveals that Microsoft's Xbox Live network was also included in the list of targeted communities.
"Al-Qaida terrorist target selectors have been found associated with Xbox Live, Second Life, World of Warcraft, and other GVEs [games and virtual environments]. Other targets include Chinese 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 .
Source: The Guardian
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