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Google location tracking can invade privacy, hackers say

Unique IDs + router addresses = potential abuse

If you've got a Wi-Fi network, chances are Google has used its top-selling Android mobile operating system to store your router's precise location and broadcast it for all the world to see.

Google has been compiling the publicly accessible database of router locations in its quest to build a service, a la Skyhook, that pinpoints the exact location of internet users who use its sites. Now, hobbyist hacker Samy Kamkar has developed a site that demonstrates just how comprehensive Google's catalog is.

Plug the MAC address of your router into Kamkar's website, and chances are it will pull up its precise location, courtesy of Google Maps.

In October, Google pledged to stop using its world-roving Street View vehicles to collect Wi-Fi data and said it instead would rely on Android handsets to get the information. When phones running the Google OS detect any wireless network, they beam its MAC address, signal strength and GPS coordinates to Google servers, along with the unique ID of the handset.

Google has long given assurances that it will use the geolocation database only when users give their explicit consent, such as when they want to be spared the hassle of typing in their current address when getting driving directions. But Kamkar has demonstrated at least two hacks that allow operators of unscrupulous websites to pilfer the information from Google's database anyway, allowing them to know the precise whereabouts of vulnerable visitors.

edit: - src: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/04/22/google_android_privacy_concerns/

Try the guy's app here:

http://samy.pl/androidmap/

Go to your router - look for the MAC address (12 digits made of letters and numbers) - put it in on that site.

It found me, BANG ON

:ghost:

wtf is going on?

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Yea, they keep a record of all your searches as well, f*ck using google now.

https://ixquick.com/ is the safest one as far as I know

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Cool.

Is this inevitable? Some central company/organisation knowing where we are?

The police and mobile phone networks can already locate you by signals etc

But who has access and what they do with it is the problem

NO ENCRYPTION is whats REALLY the most f*cked part - anyone can access it

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Google has not exposed anything for **********

unlucky. spoofed router mac address ftw.

fack off u cunts :)

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:/ why is no one else surprised?
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tbh i aint even bothered, in London u could prob get tracked from work to wherever you go on CCTV, oyster card etc it doesnt seem like a big issue to me i set my phone to remember where it is incase i lose it

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im not surprised by this

just makes me feel a bit more caged

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Films have taught me they already have my deets anyway.

Ain't even mad.

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as soon as u are connected to the internet u are being tracked... y u stressin bout google

lol

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the part about my android phone telling google about my whereabouts without my permission was a bit of a piss take imo

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*pulls out nineteen eighty four for a browse* its life your tracked from birth I not going to start worrying about google now they just one of many

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Skynet soon come.

!

i for one welcome our new machine overloads.

yh?

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From time I can press that button on Google Maps (above the zoom) and it tells me exactly where my house is....boy.

Was actually scary the first time it did it.

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All this technology and they still can't find Osama Bin Laden...

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All this technology and they still can't find Osama Bin Laden...

I don't think he's had a GPS tracking system fitted yet bro

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I've infiltrated my neighbours WEP encrypted router, so No, Google does not know were I am while I am surfing.

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wait, so how do i track other peoples whereabouts?

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wait, so how do i track other peoples this girls whereabouts?

Corrected it, fam.

:Y:

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And vertically challenged guys still don't want to accept that the white man/powers that be stay winning.

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bruv, do you want to bleach your skin or something?

you're starting to tr0ll now. it wasn't funny the first time, it's not funny now.

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