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Lawyers: Google's wi-fi sniffing was not an accident

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

Friday, June 4, 2010
12 years ago9,295 views

SourCe:

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/06/google-wifi-sniffing/

I'll write a summary soon

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I think lawers can't tell the difference between a wifi packet and the (possibly personnel) data it contains.

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Quoting the article:

"Lawyers suing Google claimed Thursday they have discovered evidence in a patent application that Google deliberately programmed its Street View cars to collect private data from open Wi-Fi networks, despite claims to the contrary."

Google has stated that collection was done mistakenly because of a coding error.

Background:
http://blogoscoped.com/archive/2010-05-15-n73.html

ianf [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

"Lawyers suing Google" – so what else is new?

scjm [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I haven't read too much into it, but i wouldn't be surprised if Google was doing this on purpose.

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

And

'Google to hand over intercepted data':
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/db664044-6f43-11df-9f43-00144feabdc0.html

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

"“We screwed up."

- Eric Schmidt

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Also
'Google wants to patent technology used to 'snoop' Wi-Fi networks':

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9177634/Google_wants_to_patent_technology_used_to_snoop_Wi_Fi_networks

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

How Australia reacts:

http://delimiter.com.au/2010/06/06/attorney-general-refers-google-wi-fi-issue-to-afp/

via /.

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Now see

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2364904,00.asp

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

A detailed report that shows information about Google's software:

http://static.googleusercontent.com/external_content/untrusted_dlcp/www.google.com/en//googleblogs/pdfs/friedberg_sourcecode_analysis_060910.pdf

"Gslite is an executable program that captures, parses, and writes to disk 802.11 wireless frame data. In particular, it parses all frame header data and associates it with its GPS coordinates for easy storage and use in mapping network locations. The program does not analyze or parse the body of Data frames, which contain user content. The data in the Data frame body passes through memory and is written to disk in unparsed format if the frame is sent over an unencrypted wireless network, and is discarded if the frame is sent over an encrypted network."

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Did you see that the body of the frames are stored only because a constant is set to true?

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