Again in April we reported on one other unlucky and alarming case of a gamer spreading labeled navy paperwork on the web, this time involving data associated to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and due to this fact spreading far past gaming websites into a global thriller investigated by mainstream media and intelligence businesses.
Readers may recall that on the time, reporting traced the leaks to a person named Jack Teixeria, a member of the Massachusetts Air Nationwide Guard who stands accused of sharing intel on a right-wing conspiracy principle Discord server, which then unfold to a Minecraft server, however now a brand new expose from the New York Instances traces Texeira’s leaks again even additional to – you guessed it – a fan Discord for Battle Thunder.
The Grey Girl combed by way of over 9,500 posts from Texeira within the Discord, which as soon as once more confirmed the Airman as somebody who reveled within the consideration that sharing labeled intel garnered him whereas claiming the docs have been proof of a wide range of nefarious worldwide plots. A few of Texeira’s last messages earlier than he was arrested additionally confirmed him amassing a stockpile of varied weapons and claiming he was trying in to mass shootings as a result of it was “cool and enjoyable.”
On the time of this writing, Texeira was scheduled for a detention listening to over the weekend to find out whether or not he’s to stay in federal custody or be positioned within the custody of his father.
Readers may do not forget that when the story broke, Battle Thunder cheekily “welcomed” Minecraft to the membership of gamers leaking navy secrets and techniques – a reference to the 5 totally different instances we all know of that Battle Thunder gamers used labeled intel to win arguments or plead for in-game automobile stability. Nonetheless, it might seem that the navy battler can now declare a sixth addition to this doubtful checklist, even when by free affiliation.
We did not point out this within the NYT piece, however this Discord server is for… Battle Thunder. Ought to have recognized from the beginning that Teixeira would begin posting the labeled leaks in a Battle Thunder server.
(WaPo talked about this of their new piece on Teixeira from at present) https://t.co/6VXGr48WlK
— Aric Toler (@AricToler) Might 13, 2023