That was my first thought on reading about the NSA’s infiltrating MUDs and MMOGs.
Robyn Blumner takes down the gamers at the NSA:
But there it was on the front page last week as yet another spying revelation from former NSA contractor turned whistle-blower Edward Snowden. The secret documents showed that America’s masters of spycraft thought it possible that terrorists were training and communicating while hiding behind avatars in popular virtual games such as Second Life and World of Warcraft. This prompted spies with the CIA, FBI and Pentagon to infiltrate the world of online gaming in such ridiculous numbers that a group had to be assigned to make sure the spooks weren’t colliding with one another.
The effort was a bust. Nothing came of it except to underscore the bloated surveillance state the United States has created.
Follow the link. After the snark, she gets serious, and her thoughts are worth the three minutes it takes to read them.