Scottish Daily Mail

The PlaySta­tion plot

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THE abil­ity to send highly-en­crypted mes­sages is a fea­ture of the PlaySta­tion 4 games con­sole.

Through the sys­tem’s ‘PlaySta­tion Net­work’, used by 110mil­lion peo­ple world­wide, play­ers can send pri­vate mes­sages or speak di­rectly through mi­cro­phones.

Play­ers can also use fea­tures within games to di­vulge at­tack plans with­out leav­ing a trace.

For ex­am­ple, a player could write a tem­po­rary, vir­tual mes­sage in a wall in games such as the best-sell­ing Call of Duty, Forbes mag­a­zine re­ported. Po­lice re­port­edly found one of the con­soles in a raid on a Brussels flat linked to the Paris at­tacks.

It has prompted fears the ji­hadis may have used the Sony de­vice to com­mu­ni­cate through se­cret chan­nels which are dif­fi­cult for au­thor­i­ties to mon­i­tor.

Only last Fri­day, Bel­gian politi­cian Jan Jam­bon warned: ‘PlaySta­tion 4 is even more dif­fi­cult to keep track of than What­sApp.’

The PlaySta­tion 4 is the world’s most pop­u­lar gam­ing con­sole, and has sold 25mil­lion units since its launch in 2013.

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