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

Darcy Casselman dscassel at gmail.com
Mon Jun 21 16:17:01 EDT 2010


On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 3:00 PM, Insurance Squared Inc.
<gcooke at insurancesquared.com> wrote:
> 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.

Personally, I think this is kind of awesome, and I wish we'd get to
see the data.  Except we won't, because then they'd have to deal with
the PR fall-out of a bunch of crazy people screaming about how data
sent out in the clear is somehow "private."

Darcy.



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