Sony Responds to Claims PS4 Chat Used to Coordinate Terrorist Attacks

November 16, 2015 Written by Michael Briers

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In light of accusations, Sony has issued a response to reports linking the seemingly insecure chat system on PlayStation 4 with terrorist activity. 

News first emerged when Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Security and Home Affairs, Jan Jambon partook in an organised debated regarding the matter of security in the EU. It was here, as reported by The Bulletin, that Jambon was quoted as saying that “”PlayStation 4 is even more difficult to keep track of than WhatsApp” due to difficulty decrypting the communication.

The thing that keeps me awake at night is the guy behind his computer, looking for messages from IS and other hate preachers.

Responding to these claims, Sony issued an official statement to Eurogamer, acknowledging that PS4 chat, much like any open messaging system, “has the potential to be abused” when placed in the wrong hands. 

PlayStation 4 allows for communication amongst friends and fellow gamers and, in common with all modern connected devices, this has the potential to be abused. However, we take our responsibilities to protect our users extremely seriously and we urge our users and partners to report activities that may be offensive, suspicious or illegal. When we identify or are notified of such conduct, we are committed to taking appropriate actions in conjunction with the appropriate authorities and will continue to do so.

What’s important to note is that said debate took place three days before the heinous events that unfolded in Paris on Friday, November 13, though that hasn’t prevented UK tabloids from linking the two together. 

[Source: The Bulletin, Eurogamer]