[kwlug-disc] [OT] Google sniffing wifi, collecting emails and passwords.

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 21 15:37:22 EDT 2010

>From my point of view: red herring.

They already accepted they were capturing some data. They said it was fragments. Unless it is found that the data was targeted specifically, I don't see what the big hoopla is.

Unencrypted networks sending out data may be sending the email address at the time the data was captured. What's the deal? That would be different were they targeting that data specifically.

Sensationalist news that belong to Tabloids along with the cat with three heads and the bat boy.

Raul Suarez

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--- On Mon, 6/21/10, Insurance Squared Inc. <gcooke at insurancesquared.com> wrote:

> From: Insurance Squared Inc. <gcooke at insurancesquared.com>
> Subject: [kwlug-disc] [OT] Google sniffing wifi, collecting emails and passwords.
> To: "KWLUG discussion" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> Received: Monday, June 21, 2010, 3:00 PM
> I figured this would be of interest
> to the tech folks.  Google's much loved streetview cars
> that drove around snapping pictures inside people's houses
> got nailed for also sniffing everyone's wifi, right down to
> the mac address.  Now it turns out they also collected
> email addresses and passwords:
> http://www.infoworld.com/d/networking/googles-street-view-wi-fi-data-included-passwords-email-679?utm_medium=gri.ms-twitter&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_content=twitterfeed
> Google's response seems to be that it was an
> accident.  Which I can appreciate and understand,
> because that's how my wife got pregnant with our kids. 
> Both of them.
> g.
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