Airman Jack Teixeira is responsible for the worst leak of national security material in years.
Spies and leakers have reasons for their actions. Some people do it for money. Some do so because they are threatened. Some do so because they are narcissistic and fame-seeking. Some did it for ideological reasons. He apparently did this to impress other intellectually and psychologically immature online acquaintances.
Teixeira was active on Discord where he ran his own server. Discord is a great tool. I use it every day. Discord wasn’t the issue here, but it could have contributed in less obvious ways.
Based on what little is known about Teixeira and his online activities thus far, I believe he was addicted to the thrill of impressing other psychic boys. . Of course, time will tell, but he may have spent more time playing games and discord than interacting with people offline, and this may have distorted his view of reality.
Renowned national security executive and defense intelligence expert Lewis Shepard He expressed his thoughts on the strange case of Airman Teixeira.
This is very worrying.
Society has suffered from gullible human weaknesses and a desire to believe and belong.As long as there are scammers, faith healers, unscrupulous scammers of all stripes.. committed suicide to wear Nikes and board a spaceship…he did it face-to-face, but none of them were “real” was not
So while I think digital technology will make some aspects of malicious duplication easier, faster, and on a larger scale, it’s not like children can be thought-manipulated or abused by bad apple priests. I don’t know if it’s any different than doing it. Hundreds of thousands, millions, centuries, all over the world.
For several years, the OODA network has been investigating the growing threats both inside and outside the metaverse, and has worked with the community to propose a framework of solutions to the threats. So this sort of attack surprised us all with its timing and impact, but it wasn’t exactly surprising. This attack highlights that the community needs to do more to understand the threats of the Metaverse era. For exams, see Defending the Metaverse Against Threats Old and New and the Video Version.
We see the five major metaverse threats as:
New privacy threats: Surveillance by corporations, criminal groups, hostile nations and fraudsters. Whether you realize it or not, you already live your digital life online. Imagine being monitored 24/7.
Maslangur: The dangers of social media today are clear. Imagine a mesmerizing pull of surreal simulations with dopamine, endorphin and oxycontin triggers maxed out. Contribute to mental weakness.
Oneirophrenia: Loss of ability to determine what is real and what is not.Making misinformation/disinformation more impactful
New rogue vector: Businesses and communities want to build and maintain trust. So do good people, even if they are anonymous. Bad people will want to take advantage of it. Digital values must be protected.
Unleash the Devil: Imagine the worst of humanity and cyberbullying relentlessly coming upon us all.
There are no easy solutions to these threats. But since we humans created the metaverse, we can absolutely muster our brains to mitigate these. Our recommendation is to leverage the framework of entities responsible for actions. This framework starts with you, the individual. All of us can and should play a role in mitigating the threat of the Metaverse. But action is needed by all groups, individuals, communities, businesses, governments and academia.