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World of Warcraft Users Not Pleased With NSA Spying on Them

"Keeping us safe, one gnome at a time," writes a Warcraft gamer.

David Bray, 29, from Oxford poses as a Kirin Tor Wizard from World of WarCraft ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on Oct. 26, 2012, in London.(Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

photo of Matt  Berman
December 9, 2013

You can add orcs to the list of things that the National Security Agency is spying on.

According to new classified documents obtained by Edward Snowden, NSA agents have entered the online realms of World of Warcraft, Xbox Live, and Second life. A 2008 NSA document, reported out by ProPublica, calls the online gaming communities a "target-rich communication network" which would let possible terrorists "hide in plain sight." As has been the case with other leaked NSA docs, these new ones are not without their exclamations. Getting agents in on these games is "an opportunity!"

What does an NSA agent in World of Warcraft look like? What levels are we talking about? Well, as it turns out, there are 120 characters in the Warcraft realm named Nsa. We're not saying that any of these characters are actually NSA agents, but the agency has already shown a penchant for the uncreative.

 

So far, it's unclear what, if anything, the digital sleuthing has turned up. But the NSA infiltration has definitely pissed off a whole lot of World of Warcraft users.

"Keeping us safe, one gnome at a time," a Human Rogue wrote on a World of Warcraft forum Monday morning. "The NSA are spying because of the Darkspear Trolls," writes an Orc Warrior. A Night Elf Druid says "It's a clever attempt for agents to sit around and play Warcraft. That is all." A Night Elft Warrior wishes the spies well: "Good luck agents, on trying to get to a high enough level to find all those darn terrorists that would probably hiding [sic] around places in Azeroth you don't even know exist."

"This is pathetic," writes a reddit user on the World of Warcraft subreddit. "They have went [sic] from spying on a super power in the cold war to spying on people playing an elf in a video game."

There is, however, one Warcraft Nsa character who's a level 90 Pandaren Discipline Priest. So terrorist plotters of Azeroth: You've been warned.

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