Several UK media outlets—including the Daily Mail, The Mirror, and The Telegraph—have claimed that Sony’s PlayStation 4 is being used by ISIS/ISIL/Daesh to plan its attacks, with The Express even saying that a PS4 was used to plot the recent horrifying attacks on Paris.
However, as uncovered by Eurogamer, the sourcing and reporting for these stories is extremely suspect. Most are based on comments from Belgium’s deputy prime minister, Jan Jambon, which came from a debate on ISIS’s use of online recruitment. The debate was held three days before Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris.
“PlayStation 4 is even more difficult to keep track of than WhatsApp,” he said. “It’s very, very difficult for our services—not only Belgian services but international services—to decrypt the communication that is done via PlayStation 4.”
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