Online geeks to take on So­mali pi­rates

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COM­PUTER geeks are lead­ing the fight against So­mali pi­rates – us­ing online VIDEO GAMES.

The law­less gangs have been caus­ing havoc amongst in­ter­na­tional ship­ping off the coast of east Africa for more than a decade. But the world's navies have strug­gled to de­feat them.

Now, thanks to a group of com­puter game ad­dicts, their rule could soon be over.

The US Navy has been us­ing a com­puter pro­gramme called MMOWGLI (Mas­sive Mul­ti­player Online WarGame Lever­ag­ing the In­ter­net) which lets peo­ple play as pi­rates or pi­rate-hunters.

They are now analysing de­ci­sions made by gamers to come up with a strat­egy to beat them.

Dr. Larry Schutte, of the Of­fice of Naval Re­search, said: “We hope MMOWGLI will re­sult in a game-chang­ing idea or so­lu­tion.” NAME: Pippa Heighton AGE: 33 FROM: New­cas­tle OC­CU­PA­TION: Re­cep­tion­ist RE­LA­TION­SHIP STA­TUS: Mar­ried FAVE DRINK: Beer FAVE FOOD: Bat­tered cod FAVE FILM: Sleep­less in Seat­tle FAVE AC­TOR: Tom Hanks

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