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U.S. Spies Want To Find Terrorists In World Of Warcraft

Discussion in 'WoW General Discussion' started by imported_Edward The Less, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. Be careful who you frag. Having eliminated all terrorism in the real world, the U.S. intelligence community is working to develop software that will detect violent extremists infiltrating World of Warcraft and other massive multiplayer games, according to a data-mining report from the Director of National Intelligence.

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  2. Guest

    Guest Guest

    <font color=00008B>Shouldn't that article be on the Onion?
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  3. this posted on yahoo.com in a message board about said post:


    Psst... CIA! There are some night elf terrorists in Arathi Basin! They keep attacking the farm!

    Posted by: King of the Juice | Feb 22, 2008 12:23:38 PM



    too freakin funny
     
  4. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Dumbest thing I have ever seen.

    Ever.
     
  5. Krosis

    Krosis Guest

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    Dumbest thing I have ever seen.

    Ever.

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    Not really, the issue isn't that they are terrorizing in game but that they are using the game to communicate and recruit. For example, terror cells can get WOW accounts and them use the game as a communications channel avoiding traditional channels, such as Email and telephones. Truth is there's a lot of ways to communicate over the internet that don't require standard communication protocols.
     
  6. Guest

    Guest Guest

    <blockquote><hr>

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    Dumbest thing I have ever seen.

    Ever.

    [/ QUOTE ]
    Not really, the issue isn't that they are terrorizing in game but that they are using the game to communicate and recruit. For example, terror cells can get WOW accounts and them use the game as a communications channel avoiding traditional channels, such as Email and telephones. Truth is there's a lot of ways to communicate over the internet that don't require standard communication protocols.

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    I would like to reitterate my statement.

    Dumbest.

    Thing.

    Ever.
     
  7. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I tend to agree... I just can't picture those ignorant terrorists using a computer game to communicate lol.
     
  8. Krosis

    Krosis Guest

    I actually considered this possibility many years ago. It occurred to me that on-line games and other apps could offer a means of meeting and communicating without using traditional channels. The government can tap your phone, intercept your mail and easedrop on your Email, AIM, IRC and pretty much any other recognized communication medium. Due to game design and limitations on the breadth of an allowed search via warrant monitoring in game communication can be problematic from a legal position.

    I'm not necessarily agreeing with the government attempting to do so, but I do admit that what they claim is a possibility. Truth is, there are many many ways to communicate via the Internet that are extremely hard to detect.

    How about this:

    Step 1 - Take your message and split it into 2 parts, each part contains a nibble of each byte. That means each part contains half of each character.

    Step 2 - Encode those nibbles into JPEGs, MPEGs or any number of file formats. Many formats have what amounts to "garbage areas" within them. You can pad anything you want there without affecting the operation of the file.

    Step 3 - Upload to a public area, such as a binary newsgroup or perhaps a picture sharing site.

    Step 4 - Receiver downloads the files and processes them to extract original message. Receiver knows what files to look for via a pre-arranged method.

    If you encrypt the original message then it is much harder to detect and decipher the original message. Uploading many files with random junk data in them helps to confuse the issue. You can also break the message into more parts. I'm just giving a simplistic example here.