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Last week we posted a report titled "The Telegraph Interviews Apple's CEO on the iPad Pro, Apple TV, Apple Watch and the Hot Button Issue of Encryption." In that report Cook stated that "Any backdoor is a backdoor for everyone. Everybody wants to crack down on terrorists. Everybody wants to be secure. The question is how. Opening a backdoor can have very dire consequences." Apple's CEO Tim Cook tweeted on Friday "Prayers for Paris, the victims and their loved ones." Apple's CEO has been fighting the new proposed UK Law that would forbid Companies like Apple and Google from creating encryption that can't be opened by law enforcement or spy agencies. In light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, this issue of unbreakable encryption is going to be revisited by all governments and Apple will be under the gun once again to help in the fight against ISIL (or ISIS) at this point in history. Yet it's not like groups like ISIL uses Apple's iPhones exclusively to plan attacks and secure communications.


According to two new Telegraph reports, Friday's terrorist attack in Paris which left 132 dead and hundreds more critically wounded may have been planned using Sony's Playstation 4.


Just days before the attack, Belgium's interior minister Jan Jambon, linked the PlayStation network to Isil, saying it was being increasingly used by terrorists and is more difficult to track than other communication services. Jambon stated in a debate in Brussels that the "PlayStation 4 is even more difficult to keep track of than WhatsApp."



Practically all internet communication services have been, at one time or another, accused of being a network used by terrorists. GCHQ chief Robert Hannigan said last year that Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp have become "command and control networks... for terrorists and criminals."


According to Forbes report published on Saturday, the "PlayStation 4 could have offered a range of ways to communicate secretly. As well as voice calls between players and online chat messaging, conspirators could discuss plots without speaking or writing a word by exchanging secret messages within specific games."


So while Apple will be called upon to work with government agencies more closely in the coming days and weeks behind the scenes, it's abundantly clear that many in Silicon Valley and around the globe will have to work on securing their devices and services responsibly in light of this next phase in terrorism that is now being promised to land in Washington D.C..


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