Pssst... you in the coffee shop with the laptop! See that person fiddling with their PlayStation Portable? They may be spying on which sites you are surfing.
Hackers have known for years that game consoles can be made to accept a different operating system, such as Linux, and used as an ordinary PC. Now a host of portable consoles, including the PSP, have added a new possibility. They connect to any open Wi-Fi access point in range, allowing the attacker to then use "packet-sniffing" programs to snoop on traffic or direct viruses at any other computer on the network.
"Can we really assume that people are just playing video games on these things?" asks Theresa Verity (aka Squidly1), a hacker in Florida who prefers the PSP to the Nintendo DS because of its more powerful antenna.