After a report had indicated the PlayStation 4 console as a potential way to conduct secure in-game communication that can’t be tracked, a new report says that officials currently investigating the Paris attacks believe that encrypted communications were used during Friday night’s gruesome events. Such careful planning and organization requires some degree of communication between attackers and central command, so using encrypted services to hide chats certainly makes sense. Unsurprisingly, law enforcement agencies will again remind everyone that such attacks happen precisely because more and more commercial services offer customers end-to-end encryption that is difficult to crack, and can be used to plan and execute such attacks.
- However, as Ars Technica reports , terrorist organizations have used encrypted means of communication well ahead Edward Snowden revealed the complexity of mass surveillance operations conducted by the NSA and its allies in the aftermath of 9/11. Even though ISIS command and the Paris attackers may have been in constant contact over encrypted apps like Telegram and others, U.S. intelligence officials did warn the French governments almost two months ago that an attack might take place on French soil.
- Using that intelligence, the French Air Force struck targets in Raqqa, Syria, on October 8th, looking to take out those planning and coordinating the attacks.
- It’s not clear how successful those hits were, but they did not stop the November 13th Parisian tragedy.