Wednesday, December 7, 2011

FBI Issues Second Life Warning in Gang Threat Assessment Review

I just noticed this November post from  According to the FBI's most recent gang threat assessment, Second Life is described as an excellent environment for gang-related activities.

Here is what the FBI says:

"(Second Life is) a computer-based virtual world with a simulated environment where users inhabit and interact via avatars, or graphical representations the virtual world may depict a real world or a fantasy world. Users communicate through text-chat and real-time voice-based chat. Second Life provides versatility and anonymity and allows for covert communications. Because of its anonymity and versatility, gang members could potentially use second life to recruit, spread propaganda, commit other crimes such as drug trafficking, and receive training for real-world criminal operations."

I am not surprised by this.  The ability of Second Life to serve as an anonymous platform (using devices such as IP proxies which can mask actual user locations) has been mentioned by several police organizations in the past. It is interesting though that it has been given such prominence on the FBI threat assessment site.

You can read more on the G4TV post:
Second Life Is A Secret Gang Hideout According To The FBI

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