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Geolocation, a threat to your security!

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by ShadeDream, May 2, 2012.

  1. ShadeDream

    ShadeDream Elite Member

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    He who laughs last, laughs longest.
    I came along a thread here in BHW where the topic was a program called F.lux. I'm not going to go into the program but one of its features is to use geolocation to provide you with a better service. So I gave it a go and checked out my latitude/longitude by allowing to share my location. To my surprise, it literally gave me my exact location which to be honest is quite scary because if it got exploited it could become a real threat to personal privacy and security. From now on I will be completely disabling this feature in all installed browsers.

    Take a look and see how accurate this is in your area:

    Code:
    http://stereopsis.com/flux/map.html
    Or if prefer you can try it on mozilla.org (click on "Give it a try!"):

    Code:
    http://www.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/geolocation/
    Was your location spot on?

    Here's a how to article explaining how to disable this feature completely:

    Code:
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/disable-fake-location-firefox-internet-explorer-chrome/
     
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  2. toptoptop

    toptoptop BANNED BANNED

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    Just use VPN.
     
  3. kirkonpolttaja

    kirkonpolttaja Senior Member

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    showed me a different country eventough i'm not using any proxies.
     
  4. ShadeDream

    ShadeDream Elite Member

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    Where are you from? It's probably more accurate in more Internet developed countries, but then again I could be wrong. I'm from the UK.
     
  5. the_demon

    the_demon Jr. Executive VIP

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    Holy Shit! ... It pin pointed me exactly where my house is on street level.... WTF.
     
  6. mojstermiha

    mojstermiha Regular Member

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    Haha, same here, maybe missed for 50m, but that's it.
     
  7. pavan

    pavan Elite Member

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    its not that accurate
    it can trace upto city level only
    but it couldn't even find my city
    it showed me my service provider's city
    btw I am from india
     
  8. shurk

    shurk Junior Member

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    It says I'm in Holland (I wish!). I'm connecting from the UK, no proxies.

    Get a VPN if your really worried.
     
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    Roparadise BANNED BANNED

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    How are they able to tell exact location?
     
  10. pasenseoso

    pasenseoso Power Member

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    wow i'm from ives!!! lol im only here in the phils... not accurate.. but fun to see it though.. lol
     
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    I am from India too and it showed the exact street my house in on.
     
  12. dbyrn

    dbyrn Power Member

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    I'm safe :). It shows a place about 200km away. I guess it's geolocating the IP number from the provider.

    D.