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The government is more concerned with the platforms rather than the games themselves, mainly because newer systems like Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3 allow users to communicate with one another via messaging and chat systems

Gamers may want to be careful about what they say when jumping onto their consoles for an innocent bout of slaying dragons or killing zombies -- the government will be watching.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Navy have launched a new research initiative that will explore ways of allowing the government to hack into gaming consoles like the Xbox 360, Wii, or PlayStation 3 to obtain information on gamers.

In 2008, a project called "Gaming Systems Monitoring and Analysis Project" was executed when law enforcement became worried about pedophiles using game consoles to talk to children. Later, law enforcement authorities went to DHS' Science and Technology Directorate in search of help on an instrument that could observe game console data. DHS then went to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) to find Simson Garfinkel, a NPS computer science professor, to offer a contract to a company that could conduct the research and offer a product.

The U.S. Navy ended up recently awarding the $177,237 contract to Obscure Technologies, which is a computer forensics company based in San Francisco, California. Obscure Technologies will be expected to create new hardware and software capable of extracting data from video game consoles. DHS wants to be able to extract data from both new and used games systems bought on the secondary market as well.

According to DHS, the reason for tapping into game consoles is to find pedophiles, who are using communication resources on game systems to seek out victims, and even terrorists, which DHS believes are using consoles to communicate.

"Today's gaming systems are increasingly being used by criminals as a primary tool in exploiting children and, as a result, are being recovered by U.S. law enforcement organizations during court-authorized searches," said Garfinkel.

The government is more concerned with the platforms rather than the games themselves, mainly because newer systems like Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3 allow users to communicate with one another via messaging and chat systems. This communication is what the government is mainly after.

This new contract has privacy groups wondering if this is just another way that the government can abuse citizens' privacy.

"You wouldn't intentionally store sensitive data on a console," said Parker Higgins, a spokesman for the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF), an online privacy group. "But I can think of things like connection logs and conversation logs that are incidentally stored data. And it's even more alarming because users might not know that the data is created. These consoles are being used as general-purpose computers. And they're used for all kinds of communications. The Xbox has a very active online community where people communicate. It stands to reason that you could get sensitive and private information stored on the console."

It's important to note that DHS doesn't plan to hack into the game consoles of U.S. citizens because of privacy-related issues. DHS only plans to peek at consoles from overseas.

"This project requires the purchasing of used video game systems outside of the U.S. in a manner that is likely to result in their containing significant and sensitive information from previous users," said Garfinkel. "We do not wish to work with data regarding U.S. persons due to Privacy Act considerations. If we find data on U.S. citizens in consoles purchased overseas, we remove the data from our corpus."

The government isn't the only one who has been problematic when it comes to citizen's privacy. Earlier this week, it was discovered that law enforcement around the U.S. is using cell phone tracking regularly as a tool for the job -- and sometimes the tracking is warrantless.

Source: Foreign Policy

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I don't want government spying on me or my children
By Pirks on 4/4/2012 2:42:46 PM , Rating: 0
I want to take care of my children myself. Big Brother, FUCK OFF my systems!

I'd prefer pedophile talking to my daughter compared to Big Brother watching my family.


I GONNA START CHATTING UP 13F's everywhere on my fucking consoles, I just gonna start up a fucking website and movement, so that ALL USERS start either pretending to be 13F or pedophile, they will fucking flood fucking DHS jerks with "pedophile" chat about caressing your pussy and shit, and when the agents come up and broke in my door they will find two older males chatting up each other as a joke, knowing about it before hand.


Fuck, sometimes government goes way too far, fucking stupid morons, always willing to snoop on me.... I fucking show ya how to snoop on me ya littile fuckers... grrrr

By AssBall on 4/4/2012 3:07:38 PM , Rating: 1
You might want to hire a translator to figure out what the hell you are trying to say if that's your plan, Pirks.

Sounds more like you are into older males. I have a clown costume if you're interested in a casual visit.

By Breathless on 4/4/2012 3:05:52 PM , Rating: 2
Seems like someone hacked his profile actually. Isn't he generally smarter than that?

By Ristogod on 4/4/2012 4:08:25 PM , Rating: 2
The government hacked him.

By Manch on 4/5/2012 2:29:26 AM , Rating: 2
Yup, it was a gay Navy pedophile hacker on loan to the DHS to break into his acct to see if he's trying to get vulnerable DT users to touch his light saber or let him poke there death star. I think they'll bring him in and "question" him using the iphone waterboarding app. Man that phone does EVERYTHING!

By tamalero on 4/5/2012 1:23:44 PM , Rating: 1
It is hilarious how much the government, RIAA, MPAA and other big corps claiming control over the internet use and excuse themselves of said attempts by blaming everything on either terrorists, pirates.. and now "pedophiles".

By The Raven on 4/5/2012 2:31:23 PM , Rating: 1

I like the idea of some good ol' non-violent protest to invalidate this crap (whether it is moral or not, our gov't/law enforcement has better things to be doing. Let Chris Hansen deal with these people lol.)

But rather than talk dirty to another guy I would rather get my wife in on the protest to pose as a 13yo lol. I would rather/could not do it with some dude.

By The Raven on 4/5/2012 2:32:04 PM , Rating: 2
...not that there is anything wrong with that.

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