Blizzard Entertainment Uses Spyware to Verify EULA Compliance

by Jack Richins

This is absolutely shocking that a company would think this is okay –  Blizzard writes a popular game, World of Warcraft, that includes a program called the "warden" that does a bit more than you might expect: 

I watched the warden sniff down the email addresses of people I was communicating with on MSN, the URL of several websites that I had open at the time, and the names of all my running programs, including those that were minimized or in the toolbar. These strings can easily contain social security numbers or credit card numbers, for example, if I have Microsoft Excel or Quickbooks open w/ my personal finances at the time.

Schneier on Security: Blizzard Entertainment Uses Spyware to Verify EULA Compliance