A pile of PlayStation games was found in the wreckage of a building adjacent to a house hit by a NATO missile in Tripoli over the weekend, according to news reports.
“The walls of an adjacent building were partly destroyed,” The Washington Post’s Simon Denyer and Leila Fadel reported.
“In one room, a television was still turned on, and a pile of PlayStation games lay on a sofa, including Modern Warfare 2 and Fifa Soccer 10. A pair of Homer Simpson slippers was half buried in the dust,” they wrote.
Modern Warfare 2, it turns out, can unlock a user’s computer to outsiders.
On Apr. 27, PC Mag.com reported on a Microsoft warning that the counterterrorism computer game invited phishing attacks, which enable a hacker to acquire usernames, passwords, and other sensitive information by masquerading as a trustworthy source in an e-mail or other electronic communication.
"Users may receive potential phishing attempts via title specific messaging while playing Modern Warfare 2. We are aware of the problem and are working to resolve the issue. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience," Microsoft wrote on the Xbox Support page, according to PC Mag.com.
The vulnerability has been known for some time, PC Mag also reported, citing one game at the Xbox forum.
"MW2 being hacked is old news now and that's Activision's problem,” the game wrote. “And everyone agrees that how it was handled set a standard... Always have a beta for multiplayer.”
Did a spy slip the game into the children’s hands, perhaps planting GPS or other locater software? Implausible, maybe, but anything’s possible in NATO’S increasingly desperate attempt to topple Gadaffi.
In the game, a CIA mistake provokes a surprise Russian attack on the United States.