Category PS4 News       Thread starter PSXHAX       Start date Dec 4, 2019 at 12:27 AM       2,297       4            
Previously we've seen Search & Seizure Warrants for GTA5 Cheaters issued, so it should come as no surprise that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently ordered (PlayStation-Seach-Warrant-Application.pdf) a PS4 user's PlayStation Network data from Sony who was allegedly utilizing the PSN service to sell drugs through in-game audio chat. :music:

According to Joseph Cox of Vice.com, the search warrant even asks what games the suspect played and their progress with additional details below to quote:

"The case revolves around Curtis Alexander, also known as 'Dola,' who the FBI alleges used PlayStation's online service to coordinate the sale of large quantities of cocaine.

The CHS [Confidential Human Source] stated ALEXANDER was currently charging $34,000 per kilogram of cocaine. The CHS stated ALEXANDER utilizes the PlayStation username 'Speedola20', the application reads, referring to an unnamed informant for the FBI who helped investigate Alexander.

The CHS said Alexander contacted them through the PlayStation game during game.

Investigators believe that ALEXANDER likely believes that audio communication during the course of his participation in an online game is secure.

As such, ALEXANDER likely believes that he can use audio communication during game play on the PlayStation to arrange the details of a drug transaction."

Here is a summary of the PSN data requested by the FBI thus far:
  • content of all communications associated with the PlayStation account
  • stored or preserved copies of emails, chats or other messages sent to and from the account
  • drafts of such, and the source destination addresses associated with each
  • the date / time at which each was sent and the size and length of each
  • all records regarding the identification of the account such as name, physical address, telephone numbers
  • any passwords associated with the account, security questions and answers
  • IP address used to register and log into the account
  • what games were played
  • software data such as in-game progress
With technology constantly evolving, this is another example of how private user data stored by companies can readily be acquired by law enforcement agencies to prosecute alleged criminals... although the jury is still out on whether the in-game audio recordings were actually archived and provided to the FBI or not in this case. :unsure:


FBI Warrant Orders PS4 PSN Data from Sony on Alleged Drug Dealer.jpg
 

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barelynotlegal

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What an idiot.
And about private user data, it is a shame unless you are committing felonies. Even a psychiatrist would have to report that. (Client confidentiality)
 
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