You may remember that one of the funniest stories of 2022 was how players Thunder of War— arcade online shooter with real military equipment —just kept posting military documents on the game’s forums. Not as acts of espionage, but for win spec disputes.
I’m incredibly excited to announce that this, too, will be one of the funniest stories of 2023.
The last time we checked these guys these were some tankmen who, despite ban after ban, simply continued to share detailed classified information about currently active main battle tanks and their armament.
This week we saw something similar, only now we are talking about fighters. As Massively OP report, earlier this week, a player “shared military documents related to the F-16 fighter jet to win the argument.” The problem is that these documents, while not classified as classified military records as tank crew files, were still restricted material “under the jurisdiction of the International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR), a State Department law that restricts information disclosure and transmission of data and information about American weapons to foreigners, including distribution on the Internet. So don’t secretbut still not something you should post on a video game forum.
Then, just a day later, someone else was at it again! This time a different user posted excerpts from over a dozen weapon systems manuals for the F-15E. Again, they weren’t classified—in fact, they were for systems old enough to declassified– but like I said, just because something is not classified doesn’t mean you can freely post it on internet forums where anyone in the world can see it. So they were removed too.
I said it last year, but I’ll repeat it now: the fact that video game forums have become one of the greatest dangers to the operatives of today just because some dudes want to argue about gun statistics, very funny.