We are being watched! In a recent article ProPublica details massive spying in gaming environments.
Second Life gets special mention – “— so many CIA, FBI and Pentagon spies were hunting around in Second Life that a “deconfliction” group was needed to avoid collisions –”. This has been a poorly kept secret for years. Importantly they are plying their trade in-world, which is good for a giggle; picture your basic CIA superspy in skimpy latex 🙂 . Under the circumstances LL’s “no comment” is expected, although a more nuanced explanation would have been better.
Of greater concern is NSA and the British GCHQ spying on (as opposed to in) SL. At least potentially they would not need to be in world to capture the streams going in and out of the SL servers. As tempting as it may be to satisfy their curiosity about what is going on on some private island, it is a violation of everyone’s privacy to do so.
Update: Inara Pey has a more nuanced and in depth take on this at her blog.
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.”
Recently there has been a rash of phone call scams claiming to be from Microsoft. In most cases the callers have a heavy Pakistani / Indian accent. They are very persistent, calling back and asking why you hung up.
Microsoft will not call you except in a few extreme circumstances and then they will insist that you verify the call by calling a number at their web site. See: Microsoft phone scams and Online Privacy.
I have had reports of this both in the US and Europe. My local computer tech says he is seeing this way more frequently lately.
If you get such a call HANG UP! Repeatedly if you have to!
May you live in interesting times.
The SOPA (house) and PIPA (senate) bills have been put on hold.The battle is not over. A lot of lobbying money is promoting these bills. They will return in modified form under a different name. Electronics Frontier Foundation is the lead organization on our side! They lobby and testify on behalf of internet freedom and security. Follow the news at their site, join if you see fit, send $ if you can. Updated 1/20/2012
I am a newbie at blogging, there is a lot of stuff I do not know how to do yet. If I knew how, this blog would redirect for the day to a protest and information page.
Go HERE to learn more and easily send a letter to your congresspersons.
This is all very important, in an attempt to stop on-line piracy, big money is being spent to effectively stifle all transfer of copyrighted material by making the site owner responsible. This could be the end of SL and many other sites, including Wikipedia.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.