The Monday Catchup

You're not safe from the NSA, even on World of Warcraft.

You’re not safe from the NSA, even on World of Warcraft.

Good morning! Here’s what you missed over the weekend:

The Lead Story: The NSA isn’t just listening in on your phone calls, they’re spying on your online gaming, too. American and British intelligence agencies have been monitoring games like World of Warcraft and Second Life in order to intercept communications between criminal networks who might use the games as a cover, according to a new report by ProPublica.

The Huffington Post reports:

The spies have created make-believe characters to snoop and to try to recruit informers, while also collecting data and contents of communications between players

Next time you’re talking to that level 50 Shaman, keep your personal stories to yourself!

 Everything Else:

If you check the front page of today’s New York Times you’ll find a news feature on homeless children living in New York (read it). The story was teased last night by a political editor at the Times, which whipped up such a media frenzy that the story was leaked early by the Las Vegas Sun. They later apologized for leaking it early.

If you ever make it out to North Korea (it’s actually doable), be sure to check out the “Walter White quality” crystal meth it has become known for.

We got a lot of snow on Friday, but we weren’t the only ones experiencing cold temperatures. Your map of the day is a heat map of the US from Friday. Maybe we should all migrate to Florida for the winter?

Ron Burgundy interviewed Peyton Manning over the weekend on ESPN, and it was glorious.

President Obama left this morning for Johannesburg, South Africa, to attend a memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Mandela died last Thursday at age 95.

The Long Read: Twenty years after the world first heard about Christopher McCandless, fans of Into the Wild continue to risk their lives to reach the bus where he died.

The Weather: You may have noticed that it got cold over the weekend. Unfortunately, that’s how the week will be as well. So bundle up, and don’t forget that extra cup of Peirce coffee/hot cocoa/whatever keeps you warm. It’s most likely to snow tomorrow and this Saturday, when temperatures will finally rise above freezing.

One response

  1. “make-believe characters”
    This either sounds incredibly demeaning (characters in games aren’t real characters) or uselessly confusing (their characters are “make-believe” because their intent is to spy not to play the game.

    Come on ProPublica.

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