Second Life: Jihad Training of Tomorrow!

And you thought Second Life was only for geeks and dweebs? No, you were right, but also geeks and dweebs of the jihadi stripe. To the right is an image of a "nuclear bomb" that has already been detonated in Second Life by "terrorists"

With the game taking such a sinister turn, terrorism experts are warning that SL attacks have ramifications for the real world. Just as September 11 terrorists practised flying planes on simulators in preparation for their deadly assault on US buildings, law enforcement agencies believe some of those behind the Second Life attacks are home-grown Australian jihadists who are rehearsing for strikes against real targets.

Terrorist organisations al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiah traditionally sent potential jihadists to train in military camps in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Southeast Asia. But due to increased surveillance and intelligence-gathering, they are swapping some military training to online camps to evade detection and avoid prosecution.

And just when you think it couldn't get geeky enough, they just had to throw in a World of Warcraft reference:
Kevin Zuccato, head of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre in Canberra, says terrorists can gain training in games such as World of Warcraft in a simulated environment, using weapons that are identical to real-world armaments.
To be honest, I'm about as worried that jihiadis trained in Second Life will be able to pull off an act of terrorism as I am that all the "studs" using SL for cybersex will ever actually get laid.

Hat tip: Internet Anthropologist.

Posted by: Rusty at 01:46 PM


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