Was PlayStation used to plan Paris terror attacks?

16th November 2015
Was  PlayStation  used to plan Paris terror attacks?

Games consoles offer their own peer to peer communication channels that are below the radar of monitoring agencies
By Vishnu Anand
November 16 2015: It’s a scene straight out of a Criminal Minds episode: A group of terrorists compromising national security by using a video game console as a secure mode of communication. According speculation  swirling in technology circles ,   perpetrators of  the Paris terrorist attack on Friday  may have planned their strategies via  Sony's PlayStation 4 consoles.
They take as their cue, the  finding of a PS4 among the equipment  systems in raids on the homes of the terrorists, linked with the  statement of the  Belgian federal home affairs minister Jan Jambon:  “The thing that keeps me awake at night is the guy behind his computer, looking for messages from IS and other hate preachers.”  He added “PlayStation 4 is it’s notoriously hard to monitor. It is  even more difficult to keep track of than WhatsApp." ( see the video)

An article in Forbes      suggests that PlayStation 4 could have offered a range of ways to communicate secretly. As well as  voice calls between players and online chat messaging, conspirators could discuss plots without speaking or writing a word by exchanging secret messages within specific games.
For example" terrorists could spell out an attack plan in Super Mario Maker’s coins and share it privately with a friend, or two Call of Duty players could write messages to each other on a wall in a disappearing spray of bullets."
Security agencies are not unaware of the potential of video games and their closed peer to peer networks lije the Playstations's PSfor clandestine communication.
Interestingly, this may not be the first time video games are used for plotting terror -- or busting them. Forbes claims that documents leaked by renowned whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013 made a dramatic revelation that the NSA and CIA actually embedded themselves in games like World of Warcraft to infiltrate virtual terrorist meet-ups.
The single biggest reason why   games consoles like the PS4  or for that  matter the XBox 360 are  likely candidate for classified communication is the range of options they  offer. You can voice chat, message each other, or even write temporary messages on walls in a game like Call of Duty – all this without being actively tracked. One, the console offers communication channels and two, most games – especially multiplayer war games -- come with their own innovative communication modules.

There are  2 milliion plus PS consoles out there.  It’s a scary scenario, if indeed, the Paris infiltrators have used a war game to induce terror in real-life. Virtual and real - the lines  seem to be blurring.