FBI Investigates Second Life, But in a Good Way

May 20, 2009 -

The feds are coming to Second Life, but it's not a raid.

Virtual Worlds News reports that the FBI is establishing an SL presence for the purposes of recruiting, accepting crime complaints and publicizing wanted felons. The agency is describing its venture into the SL metaverse as a "pilot test."

Jonathan Cox, a management analyst who spearheaded the FBI's Second Life foray, commented:

Unlike 10 years ago, almost everyone today has had an experience connecting online through virtual media, whether through a gaming console or popular sites like Second Life. The ease at which information can be transferred, ideas can be exposed, and technology can be shared in virtual worlds will hopefully lead to the arrest of a fugitive or the location of a missing child in the near future.

In addition to SL, the FBI outlines it use of other forms of social media here.


Comments

Re: FBI Investigates Second Life, But in a Good Way

 I guess some people still don't know that Second Life is not, and never was, relevant. Personally, I feel it is the lair of the dregs of society.

Re: FBI Investigates Second Life, But in a Good Way

What a pointless waste of time. There are far more effective PR stunts they could have pulled.

--------------------------------------------------

I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

-------------------------------------------------- I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

Re: FBI Investigates Second Life, But in a Good Way

4 Chan Party Van

(pic related)

That´s what they always say when they are "investigating the interwebz".

I know there are many crimes online but I don´t think it´s gonna be more effective just opening accounts on every virtual game.

At least they are not trying to regulate the internet... yet.

The cynical side of videogames (spanish only): http://thelostlevel.blogspot.com/ My DeviantArt Page (aka DeviantCensorship): http://www.darkknightstrikes.deviantart.com/

Re: FBI Investigates Second Life, But in a Good Way

Was gonna say I give it a week before 4chan wreaks havok with this, but you sorta beat me to the refrence.

Re: FBI Investigates Second Life, But in a Good Way

"FBI is establishing an SL presence for the purposes of recruiting, accepting crime complaints and publicizing wanted felons."

Yeah, if I had a SL account and if I were looking for a job at the FBI, the first thing I'd do would be to log on to SL and start the application process there - not geeky at all!

Also, if someone had committed a federal crime, I'd pop right onto SL to report it - I mean why bother with quaint low-tech things like telephones.  This is the 21st Century!  I mean if anything needs to be done, the 21st Century way to do it is to power-up thousands of dollars of equipment and waste minutes launching a needlessly complicated program that gets the job done far slower.

And when I'm in an online game, one of the funnest activities is perusing noticeboards looking for real life criminals.  Heck, that's why I buy games in the first place - to really get me involved in the most depressing aspects of real life.

Jeez!

Re: FBI Investigates Second Life, But in a Good Way

Not too bad an idea I guess.

Re: FBI Investigates Second Life, But in a Good Way

"Dear Mr. FBI" -- salutation in a letter written by Jack Thompson

Re: FBI Investigates Second Life, But in a Good Way

As all gamers know, Second Life is and always will be the single most popular and relevant online game in existence.

Re: FBI Investigates Second Life, But in a Good Way

Awww, don't be too hard on them.  Second Life is probably the most advanced online presence they can get on without being instantly shouted down, ignore-listed, or flamed.  Anything newer and you know that's gonna happen. :P  What are they going to do, join WoW and create Warcraft-ized portaits of most wanted criminals?  Or maybe recruit players into an FBI guild, so they can raid virtual drug lords. XD

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Poll

Will Code Avarice's Paranautical Activity make its way back onto Steam?:

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
prh99Honestly I've never liked Gawker, and considering their own behavior the self righteous indignation in the wake of GG rings a bit hollow. If my email causes them to lose money I will not feel even a twinge of guilt.10/23/2014 - 1:00pm
Papa MidnightNeo_DrKefka: Till outlets such as IGN and GameSpot so much as even acknowledge the mere existence of "GamerGate", I highly doubt it will affect their modus operandi anytime in the future - near or otherwise.10/23/2014 - 12:26pm
Neo_DrKefkaWhat GamerGate is essentially doing whether people like it or not its going to change the gamingmedia but inturn its also going to replace some outlets & practice the same wrongs they claim they fought against. Its happening already look at TheRalphRetort10/23/2014 - 12:18pm
Neo_DrKefkaIf a company claims it supports the Klan or another offensive organization than the advertiser needs to make sure they're brand is not tainted so they pull they're ads. One side does not determine the right to determine what is universally offensive.10/23/2014 - 12:14pm
Neo_DrKefkaActions have consequences however. If you do a Bioware and insult EA's customers would you be suprised if they lost advertisers and customers? Advertisers are not giving money to charity to they putting ads to make money.10/23/2014 - 12:13pm
Matthew Wilsonwhile I disagree with people pushing pressure on advertisers, consumers do not have many other options to show there disagreements with a article or writer. if people are going to do it, it should be for somthing much worse then that guy did.10/23/2014 - 12:10pm
Neo_DrKefkaNow they are about KingofPol & InternetAristocrat making streams that are bait and switch Streams that claims they are about GG but are about them getting drunk and them making fun of Autistic people10/23/2014 - 12:09pm
Neo_DrKefkahttp://tinyurl.com/nhlbgq8 These people some of them are using GamerGate to prop there careers up. GamerGate streams used to be about ideas of change and solutions to problems.10/23/2014 - 12:09pm
Neo_DrKefkaI believe the message of #GamerGate but I do not believe in the Cult of Personality that has formed. Where sites like TechRaptor gained exposure and they are a great site. Sites like TheRalphReport are using this movement for there own personal gain.10/23/2014 - 12:05pm
ZippyDSMleeSo has the whole GG thing become toxic to the point its time to move on yet?10/23/2014 - 11:54am
prh99As for GG, I am surprised they haven't pulled out every 4chan spawned mob and script kiddie's favorite tool, LOIC to DDoS their foes. Or maybe they did and I missed it.10/23/2014 - 11:38am
BillIn his article Max says "I've been told that we've lost thousands of dollars already, and could potentially lose thousands more, if not millions."10/23/2014 - 11:25am
BillJames, do you think new advertisers won't bring this up when negotiating Ad rates? From a business standpoint, if I were to advertise on Gawker I would point to this and be pretty firm on lower rates.10/23/2014 - 11:21am
prh99Had my say, what they do after that is their business. Though calling your current advertisers "craven idiots" and "pusillanimous morons" probably isn't all that smart if you are going to complain about lost revenue from pulled ads.10/23/2014 - 11:18am
james_fudgeand when they do they will innoculate themselves from this stuff before the deal is even signed10/23/2014 - 11:02am
james_fudgewhen you do that much traffic you can always replace advertisers, guys10/23/2014 - 11:02am
prh99I helped him out and emailed Gawkers advertisers with the message "This is how Gawker covers you when they disagree with you". Not necessarily as support for GG but he is just down right insulting. 10/23/2014 - 10:48am
BillI think he got rolled twice. They made him mad enough to insult a possible advertiser. Other advertisers are going to notice this. It may be cathartic for him, but it's not good business.10/23/2014 - 9:17am
Billhttp://gawker.com/how-we-got-rolled-by-the-dishonest-fascists-of-gamergat-164949657910/23/2014 - 9:14am
Andrew EisenMarvel also shows it understands that once it leaks, it's out there and went ahead and officially released the trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmeOjFno6Do10/22/2014 - 9:36pm
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician