The 2008 document talked of the NSA's "vigorous effort" to monitor game users via "exploitation modules" against Xbox Live and World of Warcraft.The program was run out of the agency's UK Menwith Hill base in North Yorkshire and used World of Warcraft metadata to link "accounts, characters and guilds" with potential targets.The San Francisco-based company just launched Bit Torrent Chat, a secure messenger app that allows people to communicate without storing the conversations on any central servers.
ORIGINAL STORY: UK and US spies are able to monitor communications within games such as World of Warcraft and listen in to private discussions on Xbox Live chat, leaked memos have revealed.
The latest collection of documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden, published today in The Guardian newspaper, have highlighted the security services' growing interest in online gaming as a means for people to communicate.
Crucially, however, the leaked documentation offers no proof the surveillance in any way helped foil terrorist plots - or that terror groups had been found to use these services at all.
It is unknown how the agencies were able to gain the access they did, how many people's private communications and data have been accessed and whether the surveillance is still ongoing. World of Warcraft maker Blizzard said that it was "unaware of any surveillance taking place.
If it was, it would have been done without our knowledge or permission".