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        12/9/2013, Tevet 6, 5774

      Snowden: Spies Play Video Games for Surveillance

      Voice of America reports U.S. and British spies play online games, not as a form of entertainment but a way to look for secret communications, financial transactions and terrorist plans.

      According to the documents released by the former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward J. Snowden, and reported by The New York Times and the Guardian, says VOA, intelligence operatives from the United States and Britain collected data and contents of messages exchanged by online players of games, such as World of Warcraft and Second Life.

      VOA explains how the agents created fake gaming identities, so-called avatars, and communicated by voice and text chats with other players to extract information about possible illicit plans.