internet probe can track you within 690 m
Patrick W. Gilmore
patrick at ianai.net
Mon Apr 11 20:36:18 UTC 2011
On Apr 11, 2011, at 4:25 PM, Scott Morris wrote:
> Aren't they already confused enough when any time I use my EVDO or 3G
> Tether that someone believes I've been magically transported to New
> Jersey or wherever the handoff is? ;)
> Understand the logic behind it, but you probably statistically have
> just as much chance of being correct as you do incorrect.
Just like the old days with AOL & their proxies. There are not as many 3G or proxy / VPN users are there are standard users. Therefore, it works - mostly. (Or can work, I have no idea if the particular company / tool under discussion is actually useful.)
Data is data. It can be misinterpreted, but it is still data.
> On 4/11/11 4:10 PM, Jeroen van Aart wrote:
> "The new method zooms in through three stages to locate a target
> computer. The first stage measures the time it takes to send a data
> packet to the target and converts it into a distance - a common
> geolocation technique that narrows the target's possible location to
> a radius of around 200 kilometres.
> Finally, they repeat the landmark search at this more fine-grained
> level: comparing delay times once more, they establish which
> landmark server is closest to the target. The result can never be
> entirely accurate, but it's much better than trying to determine a
> location by converting the initial delay into a distance or the next
> best IP-based method. On average their method gets to within 690
> metres of the target and can be as close as 100 metres - good enough
> to identify the target computer's location to within a few streets."
> It seems to me to be a rather flaky way of finding out your
> estimated location. But I guess it could be helpful when the
> objective is just to create some global database of demographics for
> marketing and privacy invasion purposes, where specifics of an
> individual's exact location don't really matter.
> Besides the latter can always be subpoenaed. ;-)
> One more reason to use VPN and other such techniques to hide your
> 1. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20336-internet-probe-can-track-you-down-to-within-690-metres.html
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