Second Life MMO is a secret gang hideout, according to the FBI

Gaming has taken a turn for the weirder in the eyes of the FBI, with the suggestion that Second Life could be a haven for criminal gangs. That's right: the MMO by Linden Labs is somehow a hangout for criminal organizations, as G4TV reports.

The FBI published their findings in their annual  National Gang Threat Assessment Guide (PDF download here). Apart from FBI listing Juggalos as a gang now, Second Life is apparently a threat. For those who are not aware, a 'Juggalo' is typically a fan of the Insane Clown Posse or another band signed to the same label, and they are identified for drinking a soft drink. Yup, a gang can be made of people who drink the same brand of soda, it appears. The FBI has the following to say about Second Life:

"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."

Apparently, gangs are now out to recruit your family via an online game. The only group that might be interested in this would be Anonymous, if they can even be counted a viable threat to the FBI. What is rather strange though is that drug traffickers would even consider using a game to channel their illicit dealings. The concept almost always suggested a degree of sophistication and secrecy in their communications, but that apparently isn't the case.

How many real life criminal operations involve using a keyboard? This line is oddly reminiscent of the suggestion raised by Anders Behring Breivik, who was responsible for the attacks in Oslo this year. He suggested using Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 to train one's terrorist abilities.

Just wait till Fox News gets their hands on this one.

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If the author could read, he'd discover an essential contradiction in his first two sentences already. Note the difference between "is" and "could be". And if he could think he'd notice that almost everything in the internet "could be used" for... well, anything. What's the point to point on Second Life of all things in the internet?

Oh FFS... A gang member that has an education let alone knows how to turn on a computer. The FBI has really made asses of themselves now lol.

I just installed Second Life and reminded me so much like the movie The Game, but I uninstalled it a bit to boring for me rather deal with a real person than some digital avatar.

juggalos as a gang is hilarious. juggalos don't even class as humans. seriously, the dumbest of the low, the worlds most BUCK humans. Me and my friends regularly look up pics of juggalos whilst bored because they always bring the laughs.

I think I logged into Second Life... once, about 4 years ago. Wasted about an hour and thought "I'll stick to my First Life... and just go outside and get my mountain bike and go for a ride instead..."

In all honesty IF you are a "Criminal" of any kind AND you want to have a "Secure" forum for arranging "Criminal Acts" then FREE2PLAY online games make for great venues because almost no-one would think to try to track you there. Second Life is not a "Special" case here, its just one more in a list.

Create an account using a made up name, log on, make your deal/transaction, delete/cancel the account. Law enforcement would only be able to back trace your IP after the fact, and all it will tell them is that you connected to the internet in X city, so unless they intend to arrest everyone in that city, your pretty safe from being identified. For those thinking they would track you through your internet provider, please learn about open wireless networks located all over the place.

Of course there is always a weak link somewhere, and that's usually the "Real World" contact that would need to be made at some point.

Sad really. I'm a Juggalo as well a lot of us found out about this a few weeks ago and were pretty upset. But now Second life really? I've never played it but lol that's just funny.

acidic-e- said,
Sad really. I'm a Juggalo as well a lot of us found out about this a few weeks ago and were pretty upset. But now Second life really? I've never played it but lol that's just funny.

What language are you attempting to speak?

acidic-e- said,
Sad really. I'm a Juggalo as well a lot of us found out about this a few weeks ago and were pretty upset. But now Second life really? I've never played it but lol that's just funny.

Can you elaborate a bit on what exactly a Juggalo's belief system is? My ex-girlfriend was a Juggalette and she was never faithful to me, she would sleep with a different guy every week, almost as if she didnt even truely care about other people's feelings. So I've always been wondering if being a Juggalo/Juggalette had anything to do with how she treated me?

netsendjoe said,

Can you elaborate a bit on what exactly a Juggalo's belief system is? My ex-girlfriend was a Juggalette and she was never faithful to me, she would sleep with a different guy every week, almost as if she didnt even truely care about other people's feelings. So I've always been wondering if being a Juggalo/Juggalette had anything to do with how she treated me?

isn't a juggalo someone that follows that one band that dresses up like clowns?

gawd I completely forgot second life existed, does anyone even use this anymore? I remember our local university spent a TON of money having people build a virtual university in it as an advertising method... just to have facebook go public (not univeristy only) and them ditch it

neufuse said,
gawd I completely forgot second life existed, does anyone even use this anymore? I remember our local university spent a TON of money having people build a virtual university in it as an advertising method... just to have facebook go public (not univeristy only) and them ditch it

Ha apparently people do still use it.