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Extremists practice terrorism in console games

The Sun is there
Tue Mar 20 2012, 15:41

ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS are using the chat feature in console games like Call of Duty to discuss their plans, according to a report in the Sun newspaper.

"Islamic extremists know cops monitor phone calls, emails and online messages. So they are turning to PlayStation and Xbox games to keep their deadly plans secret," says the Sun, which has an unnamed source to thank for its report.

"Once signed in to a 'lobby' using a password, plotters put on Bluetooth headsets and speak securely to conspirators on the same site."

First person shooters, like Call of Duty: Black Ops and Halo are the preferred vehicles according to the paper and it is there that plans are hatched and information is shared.

"It's a terrifying reality. These people waste no time finding a secure method of chatting. They are logging into group games over the internet and discussing terror plots. Security people know about it," said the Sun's source.

"For millions who love these games this will be a huge shock. To think fanatics use them for their own ends is a real worry."

It is suggested that terrorists use the realistic looking games to run through attack methods, "a bit like a pilot might use a flight simulator".

It all sounds like just more of Rupert Murdoch's sensationalist propaganda to us, however. µ


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