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American and British intelligence agencies have introduced their agents in online games

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The US and UK intelligence agencies introduced their agents into virtual communities of online gaming lovers with the goal of recruiting agents among technically advanced users and identifying terrorists. About this newspaper The Guardian. As evidence, journalists of the publication cite quotations from a document from the NSA, which was handed over to journalists by Edward Snowden, a former employee of the American special services who had sought refuge in Russia. According to Snowden, British and American agents signed up to participate in popular online games such as World of Warcraft and Second Life. Representatives of the special services believe that the communities of these popular virtual games could be used by spies and terrorists for virtual communication with each other.


The development and ubiquity of the Internet has made it an excellent spying platform. To do this, you can use not only online games, but also social networks that contain a huge amount of information about users from around the world. In general, the number of people who play online games in 2011 was 534 million. By 2013, this figure was projected to increase to 734 million users. One of the trends of this market is the growing number of online players in social networks, the growth of this category of users today is limited only by the growth rates of the social networks themselves.

The NSA report from 2008 noted: “There is evidence that al Qaeda terrorists were associated with such popular network resources as Second Life and World of Warcraft, as well as other virtual universes. The published document also stated that intelligence agents can use communication between users of online games to try to acquire potential informers in a particular country. ” The authors of this report seriously believed that this approach could be promising, since many modern specialists and experts in the field of advanced electronic technologies are fans of online computer games. In addition, for intelligence purposes, user data could be used - information about their location, various photos, and lists of friends.

American and British intelligence agencies have introduced their agents in online games
NSA Building, USA

According to the newspaper The Guardian, modern online games really enjoyed great popularity among representatives of American electronic intelligence, who used this space as a “field” for their secret operations. The NSA even created a special group that worked to ensure that the security services did not accidentally spy on each other, taking their work colleagues for potentially interesting objects. At the same time, in published documents from the Edward Snowden file, there is no information that the American or English intelligence services managed to prevent any terrorist attacks due to espionage in the virtual worlds of online games.

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the English Government Communications Center (Government Communications Headquarters - GCHQ) introduced their agents into online games under the guise of ordinary players. Employees of the security services, like all other users, created their own character and, under the guise of a virtual "elf" or "orc," communicated with other players. Such communication could contribute to the recruitment of technically competent players, as well as spying on radical elements that could use the game for anonymous communication with each other, hiding under the guise of fictional game characters.

In addition to al-Qaida, the militants of which could communicate with each other using World of Warcraft, Xbox Live, Second Life, as well as other modern virtual universes, other goals of the American intelligence services were members of Hamas and Hezbollah organizations, hackers from China and Iranian scientists. nuclear scientists. The problem is that the special services did not provide any evidence of the reality of such communication today. They can not or do not want to do this. At the same time, funds to finance this activity were received regularly.


Following the publication of this information in the press, one of the largest computer game development companies, Blizzard Entertainment, which created the World of Warcraft universe, revealed that it did not know anything about spying on users in this project. A similar statement was also made by Microsoft, which owns the Xbox Live network service. Earlier, a number of large companies in the IT industry, among them Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo, published a public letter that was addressed personally to US President Barack Obama and Congress. The letter urged the company to amend the law, which currently regulates the activities of US intelligence.

According to the newspaper The Guardian, the surveillance of online games began in 2007-2008 year. At the same time, the representatives of GCHQ took a rather serious view of the new field of activity. It is reported that the British agents once looked through all the text messages in the game Second Life immediately after 3 of the day. Of course, the popularity of this virtual world can not be compared with the game World of Warcraft, but players pour in a lot of different information there. Once, with the help of such in-game surveillance in Second Life, English agents managed to stop the activities of a real criminal group that tried to sell these foreign credit cards in the game. Of course, these were not any terrorists, but at the same time, the activities of GCHQ in online projects can be justified by such facts. That is, to deal with ordinary crimes such surveillance does sometimes help.

It is worth noting that the American and British intelligence agencies are not alone in their interest in online games. In this regard, their Russian colleagues from the FSB were much more fortunate. They even managed to catch the terrorists, however, we are talking about the so-called "telephone terrorists", and besides, schoolchildren. In October, the 2013 of the year in the Sverdlovsk region in the city of Nizhny Tagil, field investigators were able to identify the participant in an entire virtual group that was involved in “mining” at 50 educational institutions across the country. The members of the virtual group living in different cities of Russia united in the popular game DoTA 2 and reported to the schools about the bombs laid specifically to disrupt the lessons. The community included schoolchildren from Moscow, Taganrog, Nizhny Tagil, Glazov and other cities in the country.


FSB officers noted the high level of training of homegrown virtual “terrorists”. They made all calls via Skype, changing their voice with the help of special programs. At the same time, schoolchildren never reported a bomb planted in their hometown. For example, a Muscovite made a call to a school in Nizhny Tagil and so on. School children agreed to mine schools and discuss the details directly in the chat of a popular online game. In the south of Russia, they began to suspect that these calls are a kind of test of the vigilance of all operational services on the eve of the Olympics in Sochi. As a result, the FSB joined the case, the operatives even thought that they were dealing with a coordinated terrorist network that operated throughout Russia. In the end, the FSB naturally exposed the students. Now operatives complain only that all the members of the group are minors, the oldest of them 17 years.

Thus, snooping on the Internet, including in social networks and popular online games, can really bear fruit. At least it sometimes helps to uncover ordinary crimes. In the meantime, all fans of online games can give one immortal advice from the Russian classics: "Never talk to the unknown."

Information sources:
http://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=1165316
http://rus.ruvr.ru/news/2013_12_10/255164886
http://digit.ru/internet/20131209/409241049.html
http://www.rosbalt.ru/federal/2013/10/11/1186602.html
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  1. Old_kapitan
    Old_kapitan 11 December 2013 07: 46
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    Yes, I would rather be surprised if I found out that they hadn’t implemented it somewhere! winked
    1. feanor
      feanor 11 December 2013 09: 50
      21
      What smart-ass people in the NSA work if you are addicted to play WOW at the expense of the state and receive money for it laughing
      1. Sunjar
        Sunjar 11 December 2013 10: 04
        11
        So they also had to play Contra Strike. Even terrorists are there. People watch all the time for the terrorists, and even defeats their feds, and decide him as a suspect in terrorism (it’s too often he speaks for the terrorists, and he wrote that he’d blow their mom, that’s blown up), Well, of course, resentment.
        1. Sirocco
          Sirocco 11 December 2013 11: 43
          +5
          Quote: Sunjar
          What clever-ass people in the NSA work,

          Do you think that these are not present in VO ??? I am sure there are those here. So all of this is from the series about opener.
        2. Sargord A.
          Sargord A. 12 December 2013 17: 07
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          Read the storyteller: nixp.ru ›niro / cs
      2. AVV
        AVV 11 December 2013 23: 09
        +2
        Yes, he told his wife that at work, his mistress, that of his wife, and his boss, that he had invaded the terrorists online, but he went to the library to take notes of Lenin !!! first !!! Learn from Amerikozov who does not work, he eats !!!
        1. Turik
          Turik 12 December 2013 12: 51
          0
          Damn, I also want to the NSA! I even have plans for disclosure:

          disguised terrorists (counter servers),
          Satanists and maniacs (diablo 2,3),
          neo-Nazis (players using only the German line in WOT),
          Kamikaze terrorists (World of Warplanes - training pilots for future terrorists hijacking aircraft),
          Russian special forces agents (tovarischi playing only for Russians in battlefield 3)

          Ready to form a new department, I’ll add all the local nerds there for a salary of 20 kilos of greens per month.
        2. The comment was deleted.
    2. pawel1961
      pawel1961 12 December 2013 17: 42
      0
      yes it’s clear without any
  2. rereture
    rereture 11 December 2013 07: 55
    +4
    Whatever the agent entertained ...
  3. nazgul-ishe
    nazgul-ishe 11 December 2013 07: 57
    +4
    People just work and eat their bread for nothing.
  4. kaktus
    kaktus 11 December 2013 08: 10
    +7
    Do not get involved in online games! Dominoes, flip - no agents dig here! Sea battle too ..
    laughing
    1. Old_kapitan
      Old_kapitan 11 December 2013 08: 39
      +2
      Do not get involved in online games! Dominoes, flip - no agents dig here! Sea battle too ..
      wink
    2. shurup
      shurup 11 December 2013 09: 11
      20
      Twenty-five players spent four months playing an online game of a popular card game on one of the US resources, speaking in plain English. One somehow cursed and it turned out that all twenty-five were Russians.
  5. Bigfoot_Sev
    Bigfoot_Sev 11 December 2013 08: 41
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    the search for terrorists in online games is an excuse for having a game client on a working machine, as well as an excuse for spending time in a game.

    = ^ _ ^ =
  6. Egoza
    Egoza 11 December 2013 09: 58
    +6
    Laughter with laughter, but "evil orcs" and "beautiful elves" are very addictive to young people and this is another way of implanting THEIR ideology, and not just looking for possible agents.
    1. Xunta
      Xunta 11 December 2013 10: 44
      +6
      I "got sick" and do not play anymore .. not interesting ... online games, like alcohol and drugs, are entertainment for the poor !!! If a person has the opportunity to spend time more interesting (Skiing, snowboarding, ATVs, shooting, hunting, kayaks, fishing, jet skis, traveling, (I’m building a bathhouse :))) all these surrogates become unnecessary ... Unfortunately, most of the population all this is inaccessible (especially for young people), but a person is such a creature, he is drawn to the best and not fundamentally orcs and elves in the monitor or in the head, from spice, etc. We need a high-quality youth organization (Pioneer, Komsomol, etc.), and it is better to fully revive DOSAAF. By the way, online games are not a universal evil ..., the same Tanks .. finalize develop as a simulator ...
      1. Gato
        Gato 11 December 2013 11: 12
        +3
        Quote: Xunta
        the same Tanks .. finalize develop as a simulator ..

        smile Here the reverse process takes place - they make games out of quite serious simulators. For example: Lock On, MS Flight Simulator, ARMA
      2. Bigfoot_Sev
        Bigfoot_Sev 11 December 2013 11: 20
        +3
        * yawning *
        your tanks are a milking parlor and just an example of universal greed and universal evil. and how many clones were born ... hellish scam.
        I would not say that online games are for the poor. they are for different segments of the population. and there are many more than many think. to elves / orcs, terrorists / commandos, everything is not limited. 8-)

        and it’s not necessary to plant ideology. when a game is made, it is made for profit first of all. A special person from the CIA Police Department is not sitting next to the screenwriter.

        = ^ _ ^ =
      3. MAG
        MAG 11 December 2013 12: 48
        +3
        Yeah, for the poor)))) in the tanks we have a fieldman, an uncle from Moscow, he has 500 people under his command. Sometimes, during a meeting, he turns on the microphone and we hear as a whole team how he pauses all of them)))
      4. 0255
        0255 11 December 2013 15: 58
        +3
        By the way, online games are not universal evil ... the same Tanks .. finalize develop as a simulator ...

        so horribly paid tanks! It is impossible to pump in them, you need to give real money. And there’s still an account hacked - and that’s all, the money is gone wassat
        I looked at the prices of World of Tanks - deleted my account.
        I do not understand those who spend all their salaries on them.
        1. Gato
          Gato 11 December 2013 22: 50
          0
          Quote: 0255
          hack account - and that's all, the money is gone

          laughing
          Think of a password other than "123" or "qwerty".
          I do not understand those who spend all their salaries on them.

          So do I. Probably too lazy to look for cheat codes laughing
          Seriously, this is just a way to kill time (for those who have free time). But my older calf now knows by heart the characteristics of many tanks and laughs at some "documentary" series in which the T-34 "gasoline" or all German tanks are called "panthers" laughing
    2. kaktus
      kaktus 12 December 2013 13: 05
      0
      - how to distract sonny from the comp. games ??
      - well .. wine .. cards ... women .. wassat
  7. kavkaz8888
    kavkaz8888 11 December 2013 09: 59
    +6
    And how do you like the pioneering int-organization to disrupt lessons?
    1. 0255
      0255 11 December 2013 17: 08
      +4
      Quote: kavkaz8888
      And how do you like the pioneering int-organization to disrupt lessons?

      would be a schoolboy, would be delighted with such breakdowns of lessons laughing
  8. tilovaykrisa
    tilovaykrisa 11 December 2013 10: 22
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    I always suspected that this fucking magician and the merge information about our raids in stratholme anbeshnikami.
    1. Gato
      Gato 11 December 2013 11: 13
      +6
      Quote: tilovaykrisa
      magician anded merges info about our raids in stratholme anbeshnikami.

      laughing laughing laughing
      And the FSB secretly helps us nishtyaki
    2. Setrac
      Setrac 11 December 2013 12: 59
      +2
      Quote: tilovaykrisa
      I always suspected that this fucking magician and the merge information about our raids in stratholme anbeshnikami.

      This bastard at bat chat merges our stratum to NSA spies and now American tanks are bending the whole tank world.
  9. Standard Oil
    Standard Oil 11 December 2013 10: 23
    +1
    It would be better to continue to listen to the German Chancellor than to inflate the staff, I understand the Fed will print as much as necessary, well, or draw as many tac toe as it needs, but still, they would do something else, otherwise it’s fine, although it's probably just envy.
  10. basil200
    basil200 11 December 2013 11: 45
    +4
    Soon ours will sit on online games, the reason is the search for NSA agents)).
  11. buzer
    buzer 11 December 2013 13: 39
    +3
    Quote: basil200
    Soon ours will sit on online games, the reason is the search for NSA agents)).

    what to look for them? Take any online game and determine according to the following principle ... ALL MODERS AGENCY ANB !!! And ALL DONATES FSB AGENTS !!! Here's how to determine the Mossad agents I do not know ....
  12. gameover_65
    gameover_65 11 December 2013 14: 16
    +2
    Mark Barber, Historical Consultant War Thunder - The current pilot of the Royal Navy of Great Britain.
    what is not an agent?
    they are everywhere, in all games.
    1. Setrac
      Setrac 11 December 2013 14: 49
      +1
      Quote: gameover_65
      they are everywhere, in all games.

      they are among us
      OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
      1. gameover_65
        gameover_65 11 December 2013 15: 20
        0
        yesSetrac, Yes. no game comes out without consultants from there. wassat
        1. Setrac
          Setrac 11 December 2013 17: 51
          +2
          Quote: gameover_65
          yes, Setrac, yes. no game comes out without consultants from there.

          Games are as much a means of propaganda as cinema or such "science" as history.
  13. Old scoop
    Old scoop 11 December 2013 15: 09
    +1
    Eka is unseen. The article states the obvious things.
  14. gameover_65
    gameover_65 11 December 2013 15: 40
    0
    and indeed, the article is a big and bold minus.
    you see, no where no one was caught in this way, except for ours))))
    sheer nonsense in order to defame Russian civilization.
  15. Landwarrior
    Landwarrior 11 December 2013 16: 55
    +2
    Huh! It reminds me of the work of an administrator in a computer club - you sit the whole shift, you steep in the COP, periodically distracting customers, and you get money laughing
    1. Setrac
      Setrac 11 December 2013 17: 52
      +1
      Quote: Landwarrior
      Huh! It reminds me of the work of an administrator in a computer club - you sit the whole shift, you steep in the COP, periodically distracting customers, and you get money

      And the salary is 4.5 thousand rubles.
      1. Landwarrior
        Landwarrior 11 December 2013 18: 59
        0
        Quote: Setrac
        And the salary is 4.5 thousand rubles.

        I don’t remember the salary, but at that time (the beginning of the zero) it turned out well lol
        plus "leftist" wink
  16. 0255
    0255 11 December 2013 17: 13
    0
    let Edward Snowden tell us about the espionage of Western intelligence agencies in online games!
  17. Student
    Student 11 December 2013 17: 48
    +2
    Surely, at the expense of the state, the donatil gear. lol
  18. MrFYGY
    MrFYGY 11 December 2013 19: 08
    0
    I live in Tagil, I’ve heard of such a group for the first time. Thank you enlightened!
  19. Troy
    Troy 12 December 2013 06: 49
    +1
    It’s nice to know that I drenched American spies laughing
  20. pawel1961
    pawel1961 12 December 2013 17: 45
    0
    apollon apollonch where is your eye
  21. Deathstroke
    Deathstroke 13 March 2015 22: 24
    0
    Most likely, online games were created in order to monitor people and manipulate the mass consciousness.