Earlier this week it was revealed that the United States National Security Agency (NSA) has not only been spying on private phones calls and emails but also on conversations in online games like Second Life, World of Warcraft and services like Xbox Live.
The Daily Show took a stab last night at explaining why in the world would the NSA would spy on gamers in their virtual hangouts. Host John Stewart interviewed resident World of Warcraft level 28 comedian Aasif Mondvi on his reaction.
"We feel betrayed, Jon," says Mandvi, dressed as his character, Greychalk. "The idea that people are joining World of Warcraft and then misrepresenting themselves is unthinkable!”
The revelation of government spying in online games was revealed in documents released by spying whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
In a paper titled "Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments" National Security Agency (NSA) warned of the possible implications of leaving online networks unmonitored. The paper doesn't mention if any terrorist plots were foiled in the online world but that there was a “vigorous effort” to extract data from games, including “exploitation modules” for Xbox Live and World of Warcraft.
Both Blizzard, the developer of World of Warcraft and Microsoft, host of Xbox Live, have issued statements saying that they were “not aware of any surveillance activity. If it has occurred as reported, it certainly wasn't done with our consent."
[Via The Daily Show]