Gamers Beware: Department of Homeland Security wants in your Xbox!

The Department of Homeland Security now wants to be able to hack into your Xbox, or other gaming system. So, time for gamers to beware.

Spy Games – A Foreign Policy post by Michael Peck

Recent years have brought reports of the U.S. government eavesdropping on phone conversations, e-mails, even tweets — all in the name of fighting terrorism. But surely your Xbox must be safe from the prying eyes of Big Brother?

Not for long. You might not immediately think that slaying dragons or driving like a maniac through virtual streets is all that interesting to intelligence agents, but the U.S. government believes there might be law enforcement gold on your Xbox. Government researchers say that hacking into consoles will allow police to catch pedophiles and terrorists. Meanwhile, privacy advocates worry that gamers may leave sensitive data — and not just credit card information — on their Nintendos without knowing it.     Continue reading . . .

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