Tuesday, September 16, 2008

WOW Terrorism

you've got to be kidding me. it seems like our national defense coterie are functioning more as a bad Tom Clancy novel writing group as opposed to actually stopping terrorism.

"In a presentation late last week at the Director of National Intelligence Open Source Conference in Washington, Dr. Dwight Toavs, a professor at the Pentagon-funded National Defense University, gave a bit of a primer on virtual worlds to an audience largely ignorant about what happens in these online spaces. Then he launched into a scenario, to demonstrate how a meatspace plot might be hidden by in-game chatter.
In it, two World of Warcraft players discuss a raid on the "White Keep" inside the "Stonetalon Mountains." The major objective is to set off a "Dragon Fire spell" inside, and make off with "110 Gold and 234 Silver" in treasure. "No one will dance there for a hundred years after this spell is cast," one player, "war_monger," crows."
Wired's Defense Room Blog

it is so fascinating that people get paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to sit around in some secret room and come up with this stuff. fantastic.

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