US intelligence services fear that Saddam Hussein may be constructing a military supercomputer by networking thousands of PlayStation games consoles.
Up to 4,000 PlayStation video games bought in the USA have been shipped to Iraq in the last two or three months, according to a secret Defense Intelligence Agency Report.
Experts believe that Iraq could use a network of PlayStations to control a pilotless aircraft capable of delivering a chemical weapon payload.
Scientists could also use the computing power of a PlayStation to calculate ballistic data for long range missiles or the explosive power of a nuclear device, according to WorldNetDaily.
Although the export of computer equipment to Iraq is prohibited by UN sanctions, customs officers have not regarded games consoles as a military threat.
PlayStations contain a 32 bit CPU and have graphics capabilities that are 15 times more powerful than PC graphics cards that could be used in military design and modelling applications.