US Central Command Wants Counter-Terrorism Finance Analyst with Second Life & Bitcoin Experience to Deploy in Afghanistan
If you're knowledgeable in virtual worlds and currency, here's a great and rewarding job with a top US corporation: Counter Threat-Finance Analyst. You'll mostly work in sunny Florida, and since it's typically a 40 hour work week, you'll have lots of time for outdoor fun. One possible drawback: On occasion, you also need to work in Afghanistan. That's because the company is Lockheed Martin, one of the country's top defense contractors, and its client is United States Central Command, where US military operations in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia (especially Afghanistan) are controlled. The analyst will be tracking "Counter-Narco-Terror illicit finance", which means the applicant should know about Sharia-compliant banking and terrorist finance, along with knowledge of "emerging alternative and mobile payment methods", especially Bitcoin and Second Life, which both enable the (relatively anonymous) conversion of real money into virtual currency, and vice versa. (And notably, there seems to be a lot of trade between Bitcoin and SL's Linden Lab currency.)
The possibility that Al Qaeda and insurgent affiliates like the Taliban might use Second Life for money laundering has been discussed before. Indeed, a few years ago, an Al Qaeda expert told me some Al Qaeda-affiliated extremists were using Second Life for training purposes. To me, what's notable about this job is that it's specifically mentioning Afghanistan, which makes me wonder if CENTCOM has reason to believe the Taliban are using Second Life and Bitcoin for those purposes.
That might seem unbelievable, but reportedly, the Taliban are creating fake Facebook accounts featuring hot babe profiles, in an attempt to friend and spy on US military personnel stationed in Afghanistan.
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