How ISIS could use video games, messaging apps to evade surveillance

A new report sheds some light on how terrorists, particularly those with the Islamic State (ISIS) involved in last week’s deadly attacks in Paris, manage to communicate in an age when most communications tools are susceptible to government surveillance.

The most interesting is how the group can use video game platforms, specifically Sony’s PlayStation 4, to relay messages between members. A Buzzfeed News report quoted Belgium’s federal home affairs minister Jan Jambon, who had explained at an event prior to the Paris attacks that communications on a device like the PlayStation 4 could be more difficult to monitor than those on encrypted messaging apps, such as WhatsApp.

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Network World Colin Neagle