DID YOU KNOW: Paris terrorists ‘used PlayStation network to plan attack’

DID YOU KNOW: Paris terrorists ‘used PlayStation network to plan attack’

According to Forbes, a PlayStation 4 was found at the address of the one of suspected ISIS attackers. Belgian minister of Home Affairs Jan Jambon says monitoring communications through the games console is extremely difficult.

“PlayStation 4 is even more difficult to keep track of than WhatsApp,” he said in a statement.

“The thing that keeps me awake at night is the guy behind his computer, looking for messages from IS and other hate preachers.”

While there’s no hard evidence that the Paris ISIS killers used the PS4 console to plan their night of terror, experts say it offers the perfect secure means of communication.

PSN allows users across the globe to chat and send messages in numerous ways. What makes it so hard to track is that communications can be sent in so many different formats.

These include sending messages through the PSN online gaming service or even communicating through a specific game.

This method is often more secure than even encrypted phone calls, texts and email.

However, it’s the simple voice communication that may offer groups such as ISIS the perfect way to keep in touch. Internet-based voice systems are notoriously hard to track compared to a smartphone and terrorists could even chat in a PSN party together.

It’s currently unclear just how much access governments across the world have to areas on PSN and Xbox Live. It’s been claimed that CoD players could write messages to each other on a wall in a disappearing spray of bullets.

The PS4 console was used by a 14-year-old Australian boy to reach out to militants supporting the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria and download the blueprints of a bomb, back in June.

The unnamed teenager was sentenced to a two-year jail term after pleading guilty to the terrorism charges.
[PTI]

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