On Friday night, all eyes were on Paris. After 8 consecutive terrorist attacks, more than 120 people were killed and 300 were injured. The world is in shock and everybody was asking how did this massacre happened. One theory suggests that the PS4 was used to stage terrorist attacks.
As far-fetching this theory might seem it is nevertheless one lead worthy of following. IT specialists and leading investigators claimed that PSN communication are even harder to track and manage than those from WhatsApp.
There is no conclusive evidence linking the terrorist attack to the PS4 communication network, although most specialists tend to agree that the PSN is safer than an encrypted phone call or message. The reason why the PSN is so secure and hard to track is because it employs multiple channels of communication. For example, users can log on to a gaming server and transmit messages through a computer games.
It was known for a very long time that gamers could leave untraceable messages to each other through an online shooter. Gamers use bullets to write messages on walls. These messages would disappear within minutes, making them virtually impossible to track.
No one knows for sure how thoroughly these services are tracked. According to a statistics, there are over 100 million gamers engaged in online games via the PSN or Xbox Live network. Hence the difficulty in tracking all of them.
But spraying bullets in walls in order to send a message is just one mean of communication. Gamer can simply talk to each other via embedded voice services or write to each other in various games.
This theory is not just circumstantial. It would seem that the console was used in the past for deliberate terrorist actions. We should recall the case of the 14-year-old teenager from Australia who used the PSN in order to contact the jihadists from Syria. Through the network he said that he sympathizes with their cause and would like to contribute.
The terrorists provided him with the blueprints of a make-shift bomb, which we would use in order to stage an attacks. The teenager was caught in June and was sentenced to serve two years in jail for terrorism.
This year, the United Kingdom announced that it was able to isolate and annihilate 6 cells of terrorists, before they did any damage. We don’t know for sure how the terrorists managed to organize themselves, but we do know that the aftermath was disastrous.