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03-31-11, 04:44 AM #1
Stalking? There's an app for that
When Firesheep arrived I cheered. About damn time sites get around to implementing full time SSL and if it takes causing a stir once to do it there's redeeming value in making a one click hack tool.
This though, hmm. Whereas the solution to the above issue is clean and easy this isn't.
Update : *Looks like Twitter may have blocked him for the time being.
Creepy app warns of an end to privacy
Creepy is a software package for Linux or Windows - with a Mac OS X port in the works - that aims to gather public information on a targeted individual via social networking services in order to pinpoint their location. It's remarkably efficient at its job, even in its current early form, and certainly lives up to its name when you see it in use for the first time.
You can enter a Twitter or Flickr username into the software's interface, or use the in-built search utility to find users of interest. When you hit the 'Geolocate Target' button, Creepy goes off and uses the services' APIs to download every photo or tweet they've ever published, analysing each for that critical piece of information: the user's location at the time.
When the software finishes its run, it presents you with a map visualising every location that it found - and that's when the hairs on the back of your neck go up. While the location of an individual tweet might not reveal much, visualising a user's history on a map reveals clusters around their home, their workplace, and the areas they hang out. Everything a stalker could need, in other words.
"The purpose in creating Creepy was twofold," Kakavas explained. "First, to try and raise awareness about privacy in social networking platforms. I wanted to stress how 'easy' it is to aggregate all the seemingly small and innocent pieces of data people are sharing into a 'larger picture' that potentially gives away information that users wouldn't think of sharing. For example, where do they live, where do they work, where and at what times they are hanging out, when they are not at home et cetera. I think that sometimes it is worth 'scaring' people into being more careful on how much they share online.
"Secondly, I wanted to create a tool for social engineers to help with information gathering. I believe Creepy can be of real use to security analysts performing penetration testing for the initial process of gathering information about the 'targets' - information that can be used later for a number of purposes."
Originally Posted by William Pitt (the Younger), Speech in the House of Commons (18 November, 1783)
03-31-11, 05:39 AM #2
Gotta love it.Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
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03-31-11, 06:24 AM #3
Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
04-01-11, 01:00 PM #4APB Guest
Good awareness wakeup for people to realize just how much they are putting out there publicly, meaning "not just for people you're 'friends' with."
04-01-11, 02:30 PM #5
I would use that app, but damn if I'm not afraid to put it on my machine. I'd use it for tracking down warrants.
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