DHS to track video-game consoles

No, the Homeland Security Department doesn't care how much you play Grand Theft Auto.

But DHS and the U.S. Navy are interested in extracting data from video game consoles, and the Navy has awarded a contract for the project to San Francisco-based forensics company Obscure Technologies, according to Threat Post. Obscure will develop hardware and software capable of extracting data from video game systems such as the Xbox 360, PlayStation or the Nintendo Wii.

DHS is more interested in the consoles' platforms, and specifically their chat functions, than the games that are being played on them, Daily Tech reports. The department intends to use the technology to catch pedophiles, who it says use the consoles to seek out their victims, or people involved in terrorist activity.

According to the contract with Obscure, DHS will only monitor video game consoles purchased overseas, Foreign Policy reports. "This project requires the purchasing of used video game systems outside the U.S. in a manner that is likely to result in their containing significant and sensitive information from previous users," the document states.

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