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The Sun: Would-Be Jihadists Using Call Of Duty As A "Training Tool"

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Matt Gardner
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Call Of Duty, FPS games, Halo, Jihad, Medal Of Honor, Terrorists, The Sun

The Sun: Would-Be Jihadists Using Call Of Duty As A "Training Tool"

Well it had been a little too quiet recently.

The outstanding bastion of accurate, truthful, and honest reporting that is The Sun has "revealed" this morning that terrorists are using FPS titles such as Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, and Halo as training tools, making good use of private chat options to keep their plans covert.

"Islamic extremists know cops monitor phone calls, emails and online messages," reads the report. "So they are turning to PlayStation and Xbox games to keep their deadly plans secret.

"Gamers can log on in groups to play against each other and — crucially — to chat in private. Once signed in to a 'lobby' using a password, plotters put on Bluetooth headsets and speak securely to conspirators on the same site."

We have to say that we've never heard terror plots being discussed over Xbox LIVE, but we have had our mothers insulted on occasion, with particularly vicious American teenagers occasionally alluding to scenes of sexual assault after romping to victory.

The Sun's sources, though, are very scared indeed.

"It's a terrifying reality," said one source. "These people waste no time finding a secure method of chatting.

"They are logging into group games over the internet and discussing terror plots. Security people know about it. For millions who love these games this will be a huge shock. To think fanatics use them for their own ends is a real worry."

The Sun also claims that "there has even been evidence would-be jihadists treat war games as training tools, a bit like a pilot might use a flight simulator."

Let's pause for a moment to consider Call of Duty as a realistic simulation of war.

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"The terrorists choose incredibly realistic "first person games" where the controller works through a complex simulation of war scenarios, carrying out missions and battling enemy fighters," the report continues.

"Gamers choose different styles of play and missions — from planting bombs to fighting one-on-one."

We're now off to play Journey in preparation for attempting to scale Everest next Wednesday.

Thanks for the tip, Nick.

Add a comment15 comments
RiKx  Mar. 20, 2012 at 11:19

This is GOOD news guys, when they train to run, gun, re-spwn in C.O.D. well that will solve the problem very quickly out of 'training'...

Good thing they haven't heard of ARMA. Phew!

SUN, that was very bad I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E

RiKx  Mar. 20, 2012 at 11:20

plotters put on Bluetooth headsets and speak securely to conspirators on the same site.
REALLY?! secure, bluetooth?!

robinkennedy1  Mar. 20, 2012 at 11:23

They also use Mario Kart for driving lessons!

korto  Mar. 20, 2012 at 11:49

When the shoe-bomber thing happened I'm sure they were all:

"Terrorists can also use them to walk to secluded areas where they plan their attacks away from prying ears"

"For millions who like wearing shoes this will be a huge shock. To think fanatics use them for their own ends is a real worry."

hurrakan  Mar. 20, 2012 at 11:54

What are we waiting for?! All we have to do to defeat terrorism forever is to ban all video games!

DivideByZero  Mar. 20, 2012 at 12:12

And shoes... and aeroplanes... and vans... and guns... and bombs.

Oh wait... and we should ban not speaking Russian. It is a fact that bad s*** goes down where there is "No Russian".

korto  Mar. 20, 2012 at 12:20

We all know the Sun hates anything that lets people have private conversations. Where would they get their stories?

socialjeebus  Mar. 20, 2012 at 12:20

Wow: whatever next, a group of jihadis practicing squad-based combat at laser quest?

RiKx  Mar. 20, 2012 at 12:22

It is a fact that bad s*** goes down where there is "No Russian".


WIN

Jerec  Mar. 20, 2012 at 12:41

Well if they have anything like my internet connection we have nothing to worry about as they'll be totally ****.

RiKx  Mar. 20, 2012 at 14:09

Well if they have anything like my internet connection we have nothing to worry about as they'll be totally ****.


I bet I have you beat here. The other day my virus update was d/l in bps... :(

as an aside does anyone know what alternatives you have if your BB is crap due to distance from exchange/bt line quality or whatever and you cant get infinity or virgin fibre optic? I'm having to resort to surfing only using my personal hotspot :/

DivideByZero  Mar. 20, 2012 at 14:40

3G is making all sorts of advances in both speed and price.

Other than that, satellite, which has OK downloads, very poor uploads and a mega cost.

Advancements are being made all the time with the whole distance thing. My mate lives on an island in the middle of the Thames and he could only get 256k for years, now he gets over 2mb... not amazing but much better. Hopefully something like that will come to your area... but in the mean time check out 3G cards.

DivideByZero  Mar. 20, 2012 at 14:43
RiKx  Mar. 20, 2012 at 16:11



Cheers man, was worried that would be my only option, now to find a good deal on 3g modem / paug/contract.. :/

DivideByZero  Mar. 20, 2012 at 20:27

What is your issue? What speed do you get when you do a speed test and do you get lots of drops?

Even on a slow connection you should not be getting lots of dropped packets.

Open a CMD window and run PING -t http://www.google.co.uk and watch that for a bit, end with CTRL-C, you should see no dropped packets, or maybe 1 in 100.

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