At first I also thought that it was not such a big deal too. But now I have some doubts that it is still being used exclusively for anti cheating
perposes. These stories I found awhile back make me think that now it has another more Orwellion perpose too. I think that Big Brother government is
also using the Wardon to spy on people too.
Have any of you heard of the Raynard project?
According to the following article from Wired.com, it is a data mineing project designed to monitor virtual worlds. The goal is profiling online
gaming behavior and I qoute form the article: then move on to its ultimate goal of automaticaly detacting suspicious behaviour and actions in the
The article link is here: www.wired.com...
There is even some justification to this project too in the form of a theroetical terrorist conspiracy that takes place in the world of warcraft
according to this article on the same site: www.wired.com...
This suggests that through the use of code words and double meanings, terrorists can plot attacks on real world targets like in the given example: The
Also this wired article indicates that a bioterrorist attack could in theroy be simulated in these online games as well:
Plus it also refers to an article talking about how scientists say that these virtual worlds could provide real world behavioral data in a simulated
in game pandemic.
These 4 articles suggest that Big Brother is watching online games.
This one from curse.com talks about the detention of a wow player that was suspectecd of being involved in the cyber attacks on major websites durring
the wikileaks controversy.
This one talks about a drug runner who fled to canada. But big bother managed to track him down in WoW.
This one talks about how big brother catches this female online predator through her WoW chat logs.
And finally this one talks about how a wow player in Indianapolis who was arrested and detained after using the in game chat to say that he was going
to blow up a plane. The moderators notified big brother and turned him in.
Recently this one appeared on fragworld a video game blog: www.fragworld.org...
The FBI raided the apartment of 2 collage students to investigate "potentially fraudulent sales or purchases of virtual currency that people use to
advance in the popular online role-playing game World of Warcraft."
The article goes on to mention that although this might be just simple fraud, these types of transactions and practices could possibly have far
reaching implications, even to financing terrorist cells and organizations.
All these articles suggest that the wardon with its spyware capabilitys can be used in a mass survailence program. Also it shows that if the
government wants to, if they are not already doing it (which I think they are.), they can turn online gaming into an electronic police state.