Thanks to online communities and online store fronts that anyone can create without much oversight, it seems that some of these services are being abused. In a report from Motherboard, it appears that Sony’s PlayStation Network was recently abused, where it was discovered that someone had used the online gaming service to sell drugs.

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The report cites an FBI warrant that was applied for back in October, where it compelled Sony to hand over information on a PS4 user who was apparently part of a cocaine distribution network. The warrant asked for information such as what games the alleged drug dealer played and even his progress in them.

The warrant was applied following a tip-off to the FBI by one of their informants. The FBI also later managed to nab their suspect following a sting operation, where they managed to purchase 100 grams of cocaine off the seller while communicating with them over both audio chat and Sony’s built-in messaging service on the PSN.

Sony has yet to respond or comment on the issue, but to be fair, it would be a bit hard for Sony to monitor all of its users without violating their privacy. Also, it’s not like it’s a very common problem either, but it does go to show some of the creative ways that criminals are using seemingly innocuous services to hawk illegal products.

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