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US Navy Will Hack into Used Gaming Consoles

US Navy Will Hack into Used Gaming Consoles

Added: Saturday, April 14th, 2012
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There are a lot of things they can do in order to find sensitive information. It recently became known that the US Navy will pay some company a six figure sum for hacking into used video game gear and pull out sensitive data from there.


A while ago, the government of the United States was noticed advertising a project that was looking to develop instruments for extracting information from video game gear. It later turned out that the government has signed a contract with the California-based company named Obscure Technologies. The United States will pay the company around $180,000 for this job.

According to the media reports, the government for some reason wants to hack into used foreign gaming consoles. The hired company will provide monitoring for 6 new video game systems and generate information that doesn’t contain any identifiable information from real users of new video game systems. Obscure Technologies will also have to design and implement a prototype rig to capture information from new video game systems.

The US Navy will dig up second-hand video games systems purchased on the open market – they believe that the consoles are likely to contain sensitive information, and the toolkit developed by Obscure Technologies will have to find out what exactly is hidden there.

Meanwhile, it is unclear for many why the navy would get so much mileage from getting access to gamers’ private messages. It might have been cool if games consoles were widely used by Chinese agents to pass secret information to each other, but this is unlikely to ever happen. Therefore, other than learning how to stage a raid on an Orc dungeon, the security experts don’t see what else the US Navy would get out of this project.

April 14th,2012

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Date:  Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Comments (19) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2012-04-14 17:14:23)
No avatarSo they are paying people to find out how to put custom firmware on ps3 and jtag a 360 so they can get root access? The only thing this could be useful for is for installing third party apps and pirating video games. i hate to be the ones to tell them but both can be done for free if you have the internet. They want to pay these people for what geohot has already done out of his own curiosity? Geohot was arrested for helping others "pirate" and for messing with the copyright information. Why arrest the man when he was doing something that was good for all ps3 users. I guess the dumbass military sees how it needs to practice on MW3 before they go in battle but they need to first crack the systems so they don't have to pay for the game lol.Also with it being the us military and all i think that sony and microsoft would willingly give them this information. sounds like they are making excuses to waste alot of money to me.

posted by (2012-04-14 17:36:42)
No avatarits alot more then a waste of time they arent building software to hack the systems they are designing a drop in device that will track all the data on the system. do a google search on this subject the author of this article left out so much info its funny.

if you think about it this all makes sense its a easy way to bug households without using complex bugs most people anymore play some sort of online game and use some kind of mic on the ps3 its either mics or a eyetoy that is always on and hardwired to the system with xbox you got the connect most systems are in the living room or a family area

geekosystem .com/navy- console-hackers/

posted by Blocked (2012-04-14 20:50:46)
williebk avatarSo the US Navy gonna snoop and and capture gamers console data. What a waste of tax payers money.

Any half smart person knows there are many other ways to transfer important data secure and private over the internet like what the credit cards companies use just to name a few.

posted by (2012-04-15 05:29:32)
No avatarstupid is as stupid does. and yep you defiantly can't fix stupid. also I was under the impression that ANY hacking was illegal. I was also told by a law official that NO ONE is above the law?

but any way I don't own a xbox or a 360, and I hardly use my ps3. and I don't have any credit card info on psn so LoL.

posted by Blocked (2012-04-15 08:46:28)
No avatarpicture of world of warcraft but were talking consoles something is fishy here world of warcraft is online gaming

posted by (2012-04-15 16:26:32)
ic3m4l3 avatarthe us army alwready use xbox 360 control pads for ther UAV's so this seems not so far away from that

posted by ET loverSuperman (2012-04-15 21:25:09)
tonymengela avatarA lot of you forget most game consoles have webcam and mic which can be used or switched on remotely, messages would not be private they can watch you in your own home and send info as they see fit.

posted by (2012-04-15 21:40:09)
jsbobby18 avatarLOL don, eventually the aircraft carriers will be able to be controlled by a 10 year old at home, hell, they are already better at MW3 than me, y not just have them run all the Navy's ships too

posted by (2012-04-15 22:01:07)
No avatarFrank Herbert wrote a book where a high end store chain placed bugs in all it's products; jewelry, clothes, housewares, cars they were into everything! If an important person didn't own any of their products they sent them some as gifts. The store owner had a team of thousands combing the data from millions of mics and cameras from around the world. He black mailed EVERYBODY! No one knew he was the most powerful man in the world. How many important people do you think have kids, who have game consoles hooked to the Internet? Get through the console into the computer an viola, the mother load! How many have cameras like the kenect sensor? How many have web cams, home security. The navy knows what they are doing, and it is scary as hell!

posted by (2012-04-15 23:40:52)
DEMONLORD avataranother waste of tax payers money

posted by Blocked (2012-04-16 03:35:49)
planBFleX avatarSo basically Human right's and Privacy is slowly going out the window and we are all going to be under the watchful eye of some suit ..... what an absolute joke ...

posted by ET lovermen (2012-04-16 13:03:21)
brods73 avatarim with TAKER why 'world of Warcraft' when its a pc only game and the story is about consoles???

posted by (2012-04-16 18:06:38)

posted by (2012-04-16 22:22:45)
No avatar@lol66: I know ppl in the military and they told me that almost everybody that joins is dumb as a box of rocks. hell I even talked to a friend that was special forces and he told me that the navy is so retarted he wished that he didn't have to work with them. and Ive known this guy for years. hell ide say 90% of the US military is stupid.

posted by Turtle (2012-04-16 23:55:26)
D4T4 avatarNo.... It's a lot simpler than you realise. They are simply trying to work out why 12 year old kids make better marines than these muscle heads they train for war. As clamo said, they are as dumb as a box of rocks. lol.

posted by (2012-04-17 02:04:38)
Brynn217 avatarOk, why the Navy is doing this is beyond me.... It would seem more suited for the NSA or CIA to do this... The reason behind it is quite simple, the terriost have been using these Games to train with, a few that have been caught have said as much.... and its not just War Simulations, its also Flight Simulations too.... If they simple track who is playing what where, it would be indicators of worldwide activity... And as mentioned, you can then have advanced monitoring on setups that warrent a closer look... If they find someone on the NSA Terriost watch list playing MW3... umm, the possibilities are endless.... who else is he communicating with while playing?

posted by (2012-04-17 02:08:28)
Brynn217 avatarAnd why Sam used a picture of World of Warcraft for this Article is also beyond me, you cannot play that game on ANY Gaming Console.. it is Computer Only...

posted by (2012-04-17 05:57:35)
breakdown avatarok now im scared buwahaha...lmfao , thanks for the laugh sam , and good way to waste tax payers money ....as usual xD

posted by (2012-04-17 22:43:14)
JohnnyBlade avatarAFP acting manager of cyber crime operations Brad Marden said the AFP is continuing to identify cyber crime and child pornography, but refused to reveal details for fear of tipping off other offenders.

He said the AFP has been working closely with US agencies in regards to crimes being committed through emerging technology.

Earlier this month the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Navy launched a new research initiative to explore ways of allowing the government to hack into gaming consoles.

According to DHS, the reason for tapping into game consoles is to find paedophiles and to seek out terrorists.

However, privacy groups said the government is abusing citizens’ privacy because consoles are dismissed as gaming toys.

Last month Roman Catholic priest Rudolph Carl Bullman of Montana in the US was charged after sexual images of naked children were found on his Nintendo DS gaming console.

not unusual for military intel to research cutting edge tech... imagine the advantage a seal team would have if every PS3 and 360 could feed them real time intel.. it has its limits but thats no reason not to be ready to exploit them

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