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Pentagon Researcher Unveils Warcraft Terror Plot

Just how would terrorists plan an attack through an online virtual world like World of Warcraft using actual game lingo to mask their true intents? This isn't the premise for an episode of 24, although the writers of that show may want to start taking notes. Pentagon researchers have been trying to answer this premise and recently revealed a possible scenario, which comes off as even more absurd. Apparently, terrorists could use character names such as "WAR_MONGER" and "TALON238". Their primary form of coded chatter would be in-game World of Warcraft lingo. These digital terrorists discuss the "Stonetalon Mountains" where the "White Castle" resides, which they plan to attack with a recently acquired "Dragon Fire" spell.

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necronzero3376d ago (Edited 3376d ago )

Do you srsly think """"terror ists"""" would pay for WoW???
I think theyd find a free server... theyre never checked that way...

And hails 2 america's privacy!!!

The real terrorist is BUSH and the men behind the curtain, who are terrorizing the middle east.

Silverwolf3376d ago

beep..beep...beep....leading a big raiding party this Tuesday....beeep...beep....A fun little romp through stonetalon mountains....beep...beep...thi s time your mission is to hit the keep!...beep...beep....we know you have the dragon fire spell....beep...beep...do not attract attention and keep posting on N4G as usual...beep...beep...refrain from making political statements though....beep...beep....end of beep.

Hububla3376d ago

Now the US government is trying to scare gamers into thinking all the terrorists are comming to kill them... well why not i guess it worked with the rest of the population right?? i bet now hes going to say that its the Russians so he can try to invade them right?? man i cant wait till bush is out of the white house... and im not even american!! maybe if the US didnt piss so many people off they wouldnt have to spend billions on national security just to keep little timmy off of a flight to see his grandma cuz for some reason hes on the no fly list!! makes me glad to be Canadian...

Ugly American3376d ago

#1... if you are an American, remember how you felt on Sept 11th and make that same comment... if you aren't, try to imagine being in a country where your own planes full of civilians were being flown into buildings full of more civilians.

And #1.2... I think you might be legally retarded. The article is not about terrorists attacking gamers. Idiot. It is about terrorists communicating and planning upcoming attacks on real targets. Trust me. World of Warcraft and its players are not real targets. It was a point paper on a way terrorists could communicate that would be outside of the norm.

Ugly American3376d ago

I don't need to google it. I went to the Naval Academy. We got all kinds of great American military/political history. So what is your point?

Xbox is the BEST3376d ago

are we overthrowing governments?

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AllseeingEye3376d ago

Yes I believe terrorists would use an online game to communicate and spending $15 a month would not deter them from it. Was that a serious comment? As far as privacy goes, I would rather our government monitor online communications because its not a big deal unless you have something to hide. For the record, I'm not Republican and I pray to God Obama wins.

BIGELLOW3376d ago

Anyone who dismisses this and says that terrorists would never do this underestimate the fact that terrorists are just people, too. If some government agents (or any Joe Schmoe) can theorize a scenario where it could be done, so could a terrorist. The difference is, when a common person imagines this, it becomes a book or a movie. When a terrorist imagines this, it becomes reality. It would be no different than, say, a bunch of teenagers creating a custom map in a 3d game that mimics their school layout, then using this to rehearse a shooting scenario before actually carrying it out.

The terrorists of 9/11 used various tactics to communicate their plans in a way that even complex artificial intelligence monitoring and interpreting every conversation automatically would have been unable to figure it out.

By using a private server, they would be calling more attention to themselves. By specifically using the same public servers that millions or people every day use to communicate planned virtual attacks in a virtual world, the terrorists could do the same. There would be almost no way to tell the difference between teenagers planning to level their characters or adults planning to level a building.

The only way to prevent scenarios like this is to IMAGINE they are possible... PLAN it out... and then LEARN from this, in order to determine HOW one might detect the difference between imagination and reality. Only then will they know what to look for. Maybe it's as simple as finding characters in the game that make a lot of plans to attack, but constantly remain a very low level and never actually participate in the game itself much.

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