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New Website Shows Best Times To Burgle Your House

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by The Scarlet Pimp, Feb 17, 2010.

  1. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Let this be a lesson to you all, never give out too much info to strangers!

    Are You Asking To Be Robbed...
    http://mashable.com/2010/02/17/pleaserobme/

    A new website called www.PleaseRobMe.com does nothing more than aggregate publicly shared check-ins, but its name and purpose attempt to shed more light on the dangerous side effects of location-sharing.

    It?s no secret that when you share your location via Google Buzz and Foursquare you?re exposing information that could put you at risk. Many of us location-sharers get so caught up in the novelty and bonuses associated with our behavior that we forget the implications of our actions.

    PleaseRobMe.com seeks to make us more aware.

    While the functionality of the site is minimal at best, the fact that you can view a live stream of check-ins ? with data aggregated from Foursquare and Twitter ? and filter by location or Twitter name is meant to be a bit jarring.

    The point is driven home with the site-wide terminology, which caters to hypothetical would-be burglars. Check-ins are referenced as ?recent empty homes? and ?new opportunities,? and the name of the site alone is sure to raise a few eyebrows.

    The site was created by three enterprising individuals who aren?t really out to get you robbed. Here?s how they describe the problem created by check-ins and the purpose of the site:

    ?The danger is publicly telling people where you are. This is because it leaves one place you?re definitely not? home. So here we are; on one end we?re leaving lights on when we?re going on a holiday, and on the other we?re telling everybody on the Internet we?re not home.

    It gets even worse if you have ?friends? who want to colonize your house. That means they have to enter your address, to tell everyone where they are. Your address.. on the Internet.. Now you know what to do when people reach for their phone as soon as they enter your home. That?s right, slap them across the face.?

    These guys have a legitimate point. Stories about status updates leading to burglaries are becoming commonplace. You may remember that video podcaster Israel Hyman was robbed after tweeting that he was out town, and there?s even evidence to support the notion that burglars are turning to social media to find their targets.

    So are Foursquare, Loopt, Google Buzz and all the others just sites that make us all easier targets? Location-sharing is becoming such a popular trend this year that it doesn?t seem likely that the site will do much to curb the behavior.

    If there is such a thing as safe location-sharing, however, we hope you practice it.
     
  2. stopnstare

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    Most people just don't get it until it is too late. If I'm on vacation I will do an update and post pix when I get home and send post cards saying "Glad your not here".
     
  3. q3ick

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    This is interesting, perhaps I need to take up a side job :)

    No not really, its scary you can be tracked.