FBI invited to Second Life’s virtual casinos

From CNN.com,

FBI investigators have visited Second Life’s Internet casinos at the invitation of the virtual world’s creator Linden Lab, but the U.S. government has not decided on the legality of virtual gambling.

“We have invited the FBI several times to take a look around in Second Life and raise any concerns they would like, and we know of at least one instance that federal agents did look around in a virtual casino,” said Ginsu Yoon, until recently Linden Lab’s general counsel and currently vice president for business affairs.

Second Life is a popular online virtual world with millions of registered users and its own economy and currency, known as the Linden dollar, which can be exchanged for U.S. dollars.

Yoon said the company was seeking guidance on virtual gaming activity in Second Life but had not yet received clear rules from U.S. authorities.

Blurring the line between reality and the internet? Hardly…

I understand that some people are nervous about the FBI or any other American Police force snooping into their stuff online but if it is online, anyone can have access to it. They are online looking for illegal activities that would hurt US citizens. That is within their scope of enforcement. There are a lot of illegal activities occurring online and the FBI are just doing their job to curb and stop those activities.

Matt Luria