What Did Google Do?

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    It means Google, as their representatives were taking street-level photographs of different addresses for Google Maps, was collection the information of any private wireless routers detected in the neighborhood.

    In other words, somewhere in the Google meta-server, your address is tagged with the IP and configuration information for any wireless networks in your home. This is legal in the US, but illegal in Australia.
     
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    Google has "accidentially" collected the IP of every wireless server in the US? What the fuck sort of camera records THAT?
     
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    I dont believe it was "an accident". Google knows exactly what they are doing.

    Once the gov't takes over the internet. They will have ALL of our information!
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    Mebbe Google plans to take over the government......
     
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    It doesn't stop there!

     
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    Anyone who has a laptop can do that. Those familiar with hacking call it wardriving, where you drive through a neighborhood scanning and attempting to penetrate any wireless networks and unprotected computers in the neighborhood.

    If a person is expecting it, though, there are things they can do at the server level to prevent it, or even fire back.

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    I've only ever tried it on a buddy's network, in order to alert him to obvious vulnerabilities (he was watching me do it).
     
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    eagleseven, I knew you could piggyback on someone else's wireless network but I didn't know you could collect their IP thataway. I assume the genuises at Google know a bit more about IPs than I do -- and I'm not buying their claim that all this data they collected and stored was gathered by accident.

    Anyway, who takes photos with a laptop?
     

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