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

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 21 15:53:50 EDT 2010

To be clear.

The real news that get lost in the rubbish: Capturing the MAC address of my router for location aware services.

I found invasive to know my general location based on IP. Now, knowing my precise address based on MAC? Great for stalkers, and other nasty creatures.

Raul Suarez

Technology consultant
Software, Hardware and Practices
Twitter: rarsamx
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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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