For years, WhatsApp faced backlash from global security agencies, which revealed that the instant-messaging software was difficult to track. Now, it seems Sony’s PlayStation 4 has emerged the favored communication tool for terrorists around the world. Did terrorists carry out the Paris Attacks by communicating via PS4?
According to Jan Jambon, Belgium’s Interior Minister, security agencies are struggling to decrypt communication via PS4. “The most difficult communication (to track) between these terrorists is via PlayStation 4,” Jambon said, three days prior to the ghastly Paris Attacks. “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,” added Jambon.
Earlier this year, a 14-year-old Turkish national boy from Austria was handed a two-year jail sentence for downloading a bomb-making guide onto his PlayStation 4 console. Besides researching how to build a bomb, the teenager also made contact with militants supporting Islamic State jihadist group in Syria, prosecutors revealed.
It has been only a few days since the Paris Attacks, but Belgium authorities are pointing most of the blame for what happened on Friday the 13th. On Saturday, several arrests were made in Belgium after a black Volkswagen Polo with a Belgian license plate was spotted on the night of the attacks near the Bataclan Theater. Authorities have raided a Brussels neighborhood where three of the eight attackers are believed to have resided.
“People think the mosques are the places of recruitment but I think that today, most of the recruitment is done by the Internet,” Jambon said on Tuesday. “I often see the parents of these guys and they say that at a certain moment in time these children — or these youngsters — didn’t join us to go to the mosques. The mosques were too moderate and they find their ‘truth’ on the internet.”