Belgian’s home affairs minister says ISIL communicates over Playstation 4 by Lauren Alix Brown

The day after terror attacks in Paris left at least 127 dead and some 300 wounded, attention has turned to Belgium. According to AP, several arrests were made in Belgium that night, and a black Volkswagen Polo with a Belgian license plate seen near the Bataclan theater were spotted. Police have raided a Brussels neighborhood where three of the eight attackers are believed to live.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise if these attacks were perpetrated by ISIL, as the group has claimed. More fighters have joined ISIL from Belgium, per capita, than any Western nation.

Belgian federal home affairs minister Jan Jambon has previously described Brussels as a weak link in the fight against terror. Speaking at a debate last week, he said: “The thing that keeps me awake at night is the guy behind his computer, looking for messages from IS and other hate preachers.”

Jambon also reportedly warned of the growing use by terror networks of the gaming console PlayStation 4, which allows terrorists to communicate with each other and is difficult for the authorities to monitor. “PlayStation 4 is even more difficult to keep track of than WhatsApp,” he said.

The gaming console was implicated in ISIL’ plans back in June, when an Austrian teen was arrested for downloading bomb plans to his PS4.

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