Last few days many sites wrote about NSA and CIA infiltrating online games such as World of Warcraft. They are apparently using online games to recruit informants and look for potential threats. There might be a valid reason for government agencies spying on video games.
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Leaked documents were published by ProPublica, in a partnership with The Guardian and the New York Times. Justin Elliot, a reporter for ProPublica, told the ABC these documents showed intelligence agencies were concerned about terrorists using video games for communication.
First thing most of us would thought of, after reading about governments spying activities, is they’re trying to control us. Well in some cases that might be true, but there are also valid reasons for spying in online games.
Video games are the most popular way of entertainment meaning more people will gather in games than anywhere else. They might become a target of some bad guys who are looking to recruit fresh members to their dodgy organizations. By doing so their lives are endangered and I’m sure no one would want that for their children. The most spied games are World of Warcraft and Second Life.
There are threats concerning Internet and video games, such as credit card frauds. One of the leaked documents shows that in 2008 the British intelligence agency (GCHQ) was involved in shutting down a crime ring that was selling stolen credit card information in a virtual world. Might be a valid reason for infiltrating video games. How would you feel if someone was using your credit card information? On second thought, why in the world would you give those information to anyone except when purchasing on known and secure websites?!
You might got your information stolen by a hacker which brings us to another reason governments will use to spy on the world. I am not saying hackers have it right or wrong, but the fact is the more they indulge into their activities the more excuses governments find to spy online. They are affecting all of us, maybe they are aware of it and maybe they are not, but hackers are giving excuses to governments.
With so many children having access to internet leaves door wide open to the worst kind of humans. Children under 14 are targeted all the time, they won’t even know they’re talking to bad people. Every online game will have kids playing, wouldn't you want your child protected? Most parents aren't aware of those beasts lurking on the Internet, or simply think it won’t happen to their child. Parental controls are there for a reason, and if possible you should supervise your child’s online activities. Wide range of applications is available for parents who would like to know what their kids are doing, but the best way would be to let your child know about it and talk to them about dangers they might face while doing simple things like chatting to others on Facebook.
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