‘Xbox banned in jail terror fear’ screams a headline in today’s Sun, claiming that “powerful computer game consoles have been banned from jails over fears they could be used to plan terror attacks.”
The Sun’s unnamed source (‘top brass’) informs the paper that the Xbox360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo DS are to be barred from UK jails “after discovering they contain software that enables users to send or receive radio signals,” adding, rather worryingly, that, “security experts [unnamed] fear they could be used by terror suspects to talk to accomplices and plot carnage.”
Crikey! SPOnG was not aware that the 360, PS3 and DS could actually be used as secret terrorist CB radios by incarcerated villains.
Apparently the unnamed security experts also informed The Sun “that the earlier PlayStation 2 — currently allowed in jails — could be modified for covert chats.”
The Sun’s unnamed top brass security expert source also adds, “The technology in the new generation of computer games makes them a security risk… There is concern that top terror suspects have been using systems already in jails. Radio software is an integral part of the equipment.”
SPOnG has contacted Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo for comment, as we were up until today not aware that their gaming systems could be used as CB radios by terrorists.