PS3 Poses Security Risk for European Prison

June 16, 2009 Written by Kishen Patel

A prison in the United Kingdom has banned prisoners from using PlayStation 3’s during their incarceration due to security reasons.

Apparently, the PS3’s wireless connectivity and methods of communication (i.e. text messaging, voice chat, and video chat) could allow a prisoner to plan an escape. According to to a spokesperson for the European prision:

“PlayStation 3 consoles are barred on the grounds that they have the capability to send and receive radio signals as an integral part of the equipment,”

A report on the Guardian.co.uk revealed that prisoners at Rye Hill in Britain had already used the PS3’s messaging to communicate with somebody outside of the prison, which resulted in this ban. Sure, the prison could simply put a password on their wireless internet. But hey, what do we know.

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