Watch Dogs Alternate Reality Game Accidentally Gives Users A Reason To Worry About Their Real World Privacy

Watch Dogs is a game that feeds on our connectedness and paranoia. It posits an ever-so-slightly tweaked version of the reality we know, and tells us it can be manipulated to no end.

The footage we saw at and after E3 has led into an ARG centering on the fictional art gallery owner Joseph Demarco and his gallery, dotconnexion. Today, the dotconnexion team announced the untimely "yet unexplained" demise of Mr. Demarco to everyone who had signed up to follow them. But when they did so, they gave participants a whole new reason to be paranoid.

For at least one thousand participants, the e-mails they received were not sent BCC. The blasts, which went to 500 players each, display each and every e-mail address to which they were sent. It appears the mistake was caught and corrected as the sender moved along the alphabet: forwards we've received from readers show the error from addresses beginning with digits and the letters A and B, but forwards from readers whose e-mail addresses begin with the letters I and M didn't have the same problem.

Readers who alerted us to the issue report that they are now caught in reply-all hell, tangled in "a lengthy string" of unpleasant messages from strangers. That's one way to tie the world of Watch Dogs deeply into the world we live in, but it's probably not the way anyone wanted.


    You want a real reason to be paranoid. My friends and I were hacking our classmates symbian phones just to make their alarms set off randomly in class. If anyone one left their blue tooth on we could have total control of their phones (although we never did anything more than play pranks with the alarms and spoof fake sms to the phones for obvious reasons). That was with simple Nokia phones. These days most people have smart phones that carry a lot of personal info and almost always have WiFi and data connections on. I have never tried hacking a smart phone but I can only imagine the ease and damage that could be caused. I also remember a recent case of a teacher using a radio frequency jammer in class. I haven't got any links but they are really easy to make and buy (although very illegal in Aus).

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