@ Eh? AC
the European Court of Human Rights, I guess...
Anyway, back to the article
recharging phones off consoles- plausible. If they aren't, I'd be surprised.
prisoners sending out commands using online gaming when they're stuck without internet connectivity- implausible. Though not impossible (there's gotta be some way to do it- directional WiFi from a building nearby and a smuggled-in dongle? Satellite uplink (though this'd be a bit bulky)?)
prisoners smuggling in "modern" mobile phones that can be used as modems to allow internet connectivity, recharging said mobiles/modems from USB ports? If I was locked up and had an empire to run, I'd try it.
Given that you can fit a GPRS modem comfortably into a watch it'd not be difficult to sneak one into a prison. A few minutes with a screwdriver and some chewing gum (guessing there'd be an absence of solder) would be all you'd need to have an always-powered, almost untraceable connection to the Internet. You're not going to be a world-class TF2 player over that connection, but it'd certainly be possible to get messages in and out.
Whatever, the point is that there should be no EM traffic from the cells in the mobile phone bands. So a detector could be employed to allow the Screws to confiscate mobiles in use- or alternatively get the carriers to decrypt the traffic for the police so they can find out who's running what.
Good to see the problems being highlighted, though.