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The paris attackers could of used PS4s to communicate attacks

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    The paris attackers could of used PS4s to communicate attacks

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    Following Friday night’s terrorist attacks in Paris which killed at least 127 people and left more than 300 injured, authorities are discovering just how the massacre was planned. And it may involve the most popular gaming console in the world, Sony ’s PlayStation 4.

    The hunt for those responsible (eight terrorists were killed Saturday night, but accomplices may still be at large) led to a number of raids in nearby Brussels. Evidence reportedly turned up included at least one PlayStation 4 console.

    Belgian federal home affairs minister Jan Jambon said outright that the PS4 is by used ISIS agents to communicate, and was selected due to the fact that it’s notoriously hard to monitor. “PlayStation 4 is even more difficult to keep track of than WhatsApp,” he said.
    With PlayStation 4, it seems likely that simple voice communication could have worked just fine. It’s still difficult for investigators to monitor IP-based voice systems compared to say, a simple cellphone. In 2010, the FBI pushed for access to all manner of Internet communications, including gaming chat systems. The FCC did not grant the FBI access to peer-to-peer communications, but the government agency did build its own rigs to record their communications in pursuit of criminals in organized chats, like a pedophile trying to lure kids via Xbox Live. Most consoles today come equipped with such capabilities, as nearly anything you do on your unit can be recorded if you want, in this age of YouTube and livestreaming.

    The point is that terrorists could simply be in a PSN party together and chatting away mostly free from the fear that anyone is listening because of the difficulty and infrequency of governments eavesdropping on those forms of communication. It remains unclear just how much access the government has gotten to places like PSN and Xbox Live in the past few years, but whatever it is, it’s likely still short of its ability to track more traditional forms of communication, such as cellphones and computers.

    By last count, PSN alone had around 110 million users, 65 million of them active, making this no small pool of people. While government agencies can often build profiles of suspected terrorists based on their Internet or communication history, it’s much harder to profile someone based on console usage, if that data is even accessible. Few users would visit extremist’s sites in the PSN Web browser for instance or brag about future attacks in a public game lobby. There is no collection of games that really should raise “suspicion” about possible terrorist ties in an era where terrorism-filled Call of Duty titles are the best-selling games of the year, every year. How do you “profile” a gamer when information is not easy to access, and probably will tell you nothing even if you could get your hands on it?

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    That's some really good free advertising.


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    I can already see the attacks being planned while the guys were playing Destiny and getting rekt by some team of french players.

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    Just another excuse to monitor and listen to us in 'privacy'.

    Considering all this NSA & FBI surveillance BS has stopped a whopping total of 17 UNCONFIRMED "attacks", I really can't see how people can defend moves to monitor everything we do.


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    Sony responds to claim PS4 used for terrorist communications • Eurogamer.net

    PlayStation 4 allows for communication amongst friends and fellow gamers and, in common with all modern connected devices, this has the potential to be abused. However, we take our responsibilities to protect our users extremely seriously and we urge our users and partners to report activities that may be offensive, suspicious or illegal. When we identify or are notified of such conduct, we are committed to taking appropriate actions in conjunction with the appropriate authorities and will continue to do so.

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    Not really much of a response. It's the same thing we all know already: there's ways to communicate without being under surveillance and it's up to us to report anything that may be dangerous/illegal. Big surprise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nagflar View Post
    Not really much of a response. It's the same thing we all know already: there's ways to communicate without being under surveillance and it's up to us to report anything that may be dangerous/illegal. Big surprise.
    And now, I'm going to report you for terrorism.


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    I don't understand why this is even news. PS4 has a chat system that allows people to talk to each other. No shit someone could use it to plot evil on others. You know, like pretty much any other form of communication.

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    seen this on the news tonight that they think that this was how they went dark that's just another excuse to control our lives and listen to us for no real reason, besides doesn't the xbone have a similar chat system??? who is to really say that they played cod or destiny on the ps4 and planned this that's a big farfetched

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    Quote Originally Posted by supersonicjc View Post
    seen this on the news tonight that they think that this was how they went dark that's just another excuse to control our lives and listen to us for no real reason, besides doesn't the xbone have a similar chat system??? who is to really say that they played cod or destiny on the ps4 and planned this that's a big farfetched
    No one owns an Xbox in Europe so it had to be a PS4 if any console.


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    o that's right my bad, I forgot the xbone is only for stupid people for the most part

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    It's really neither here nor there what they used to communicate. It's not like they turned PS4s into robot and made them carry out the attacks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Feral View Post
    It's really neither here nor there what they used to communicate. It's not like they turned PS4s into robot and made them carry out the attacks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Feral View Post
    It's really neither here nor there what they used to communicate. It's not like they turned PS4s into robot and made them carry out the attacks.
    But maybe they modded them into weapons or makeshift bombs !

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