Spy agencies attack game services similar to XBOX Live

The NSA could not get enough information from cable hacks and other means. So they decided to use a new technique, invading video games and spying on players.


The agencies, the documents show, have built mass-collection capabilities against the Xbox Live console network, which has more than 48 million players. Real-life agents have been deployed into virtual realms, from those Orc hordes in World of Warcraft to the human avatars of Second Life. There were attempts, too, to recruit potential informants from the games’ tech-friendly users.

Online gaming is big business, attracting tens of millions of users worldwide who inhabit their digital worlds as make-believe characters, living and competing with the avatars of other players. What the intelligence agencies feared, however, was that among these clans of elves and goblins, terrorists were lurking







2 thoughts on “Spy agencies attack game services similar to XBOX Live

  1. I was about to post an article about this as well, you beat me to it. I have played / do play on both World of Warcraft and Xbox Live, and the prospect of government workers listening to Call of Duty voice chat is both appalling and hysterical. I certainly fear for my privacy, and this kindof targeted surveillance is troubling. Also, the possibility of the government reaching out to my fellow gamers to be “potential informants” seems absurd, but is actually plausible and does make me a bit paranoid and certainly will have a chilling effect on many people’s video game communications (though I don’t think it will help much with the swearing on Call of Duty).

  2. I am a frequent Xbox live user. I think this is a waste of time and money by the NSA. When people are chatting on Xbox live the majority of time they are talking about the game they are playing. Typically when my friends and I are in a party, which ia used for group chatting, the main purpose is to make sure we are all on the same page. Without this we would never know when someone failed to join a game or if someone is going to get a snack and is not paying attention. Typically when im not in a party, the only things I hear are obnoxious sounds or people trying to be funny. Hopefully the NSA doesnt start giving away hiding spots…..jk.

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