Items tagged with: GPS
This was happening from time to time for a while now. The reason, although never officially acknowledged, is simple - Mr. Putin is shy of drones and someone in his security thinks it is a grand idea to spoof GPS with airport coordinates so drones find themselves in "no fly zone" and refuse to operate. Because obviously terrorists and CIA fly Mavic drones with stock firmware.
What can I say. This shit is sad because it is so stupid.
#MeanWhileInRussa #gps #Russia #Putin #drones
Maps uses the increasingly popular OpenStreetMap (https://www.openstreetmap.org/) to provide an accurate world map of roads, streets, and even shops.
Maps is as simple as any other map navigator program, and can navigate with way points and use #GPS.
Once made, the route can be printed so it can be traveled later.
Website 🔗: https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Maps
apt 📦: gnome-maps
#free #opensource #foss #fossmendations
RCA postgraduates create open navigation system inspired by insect eyes
A team of student designers and engineers from the RCA and Imperial College have designed an open-source alternative to GPS, called Aweigh, that does not rely on satellites.
Instead, the device calculates a user's position using the sun – a feature inspired by the polarised vision of insects.
Its student makers said that the design is similar to that of the sextant, one of the oldest known navigating tools that measures the angular distance between two visible objects, in this case the horizon and the sun.
They said that Aweigh can even work on a cloudy day when the sun is not in view, and unlike devices that use satellites, such as smartphones, Aweigh functions offline so a user's positional data cannot be leaked through the internet.
HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19593227
Posted by sfoskett (karma: 482)
Post stats: Points: 110 - Comments: 33 - 2019-04-06T21:50:42Z
#HackerNews #almost #but #done #failures #gps #happening #keep #rollover #theyre #time
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#Facebook uses its apps to track users it thinks could threaten employees and offices
Facebook uses its apps to track users it thinks could threaten employees and offices!!!
Facebook has its own secret service!
#surveillance #privacy #ethics #moral #economy #fail #news #security #tracking #gps #bolo
Diese für Android und iOS verfügbare Anwendung rechnet anhand der GPS-Daten, die die Mobiltelefone ihrer Nutzer liefern, automatisch Fahrpreise ab. Damit sie funktioniert, muss sich ein Nutzer ein SwissPass-Login holen und angeben, ob er mit Visa, MasterCard), PostFinance Card, Swisscom Easypay, Twint oder Reka zahlen will. Dann kann er sich den SBB nach auf andere Sachen als Zonen und Tarife konzentrieren, weil die App für ihn angeblich immer den günstigsten Preis berechnet: "Übersteigt beispielsweise der Wert der gefahrenen Strecke an einem Tag den Preis einer Tageskarte", heißt es, dann "wird dem Kunden nachträglich der günstigere Preis der Tageskarte verrechnet".
Gegen die Versuchung, dass Kunden EasyRide erst einschalten, wenn ein Fahrkartenkontrolleur kommt, hat man angeblich eine "technische Lösung" gefunden, über die man nicht mehr verraten will.
https://www.heise.de/tp/features/Schweiz-Fahrkarten-App-berechnet-Fahrpreis-mit-GPS-Standortdaten-4326891.html #Bahn #GPS #Handyticket #Nahverkehr #SBB #Schweiz
A Motherboard investigation has found that around 250 bounty hunters and related businesses had access to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint customer location data.
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19120216
Posted by walterbell (karma: 37153)
Post stats: Points: 109 - Comments: 34 - 2019-02-09T01:56:23Z
\#HackerNews #911 #calls #customer #data #for #gps #highly #sensitive #sold #telcos #typically #used
This is a breaking news piece. You can read our full investigation here.
Around 250 bounty hunters and related businesses had access to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint customer location data, according to documents obtained by Motherboard. The documents also show that telecom companies sold data intended to be used by 911 operators and first responders to data aggregators, who sold it to bounty hunters. The data was in some cases so accurate that a user could be tracked to specific spots inside a building.
The news shows not only how widely Americans’ sensitive location data has been sold through the overlooked and questionable data broker market, but also how the ease-of-access dramatically increased the risk of abuse. Motherboard found that an individual company made more than 18,000 data location requests through a data broker; other companies made thousands of requests. The full details of our investigation are available here.
“This scandal keeps getting worse. Carriers assured customers location tracking abuses were isolated incidents. Now it appears that hundreds of people could track our phones, and they were doing it for years before anyone at the wireless companies took action,” Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said in an emailed statement after presented with Motherboard’s findings. “That’s more than an oversight—that’s flagrant, wilful disregard for the safety and security of Americans.”
A screenshot obtained by Motherboard of a phone being located via its GPS data. Motherboard has blurred and cropped parts of the image to protect individuals’ privacy. Image: Motherboard
Between at least 2012 until it closed in late 2017, a now-defunct data seller called CerCareOne allowed bounty hunters, bail bondsmen, and bail agents to find the real-time location of AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint mobile phones. The company would sometimes charge up to $1,100 per phone location, according to a source familiar with the company. Motherboard granted a number of sources in this story anonymity to provide details about a controversial industry practice.
Some of the data available to CerCareOne customers included a phone’s “assisted GPS” or A-GPS data, according to documents and screenshots of the service in action provided by two independent sources. A-GPS is a technology that is used by first responders to locate 911 callers in emergency situations. A letter to the Federal Communications Commission from a T-Mobile lawyer in 2013 noted that “A-GPS is reasonably the foundation of wireless [emergency]911 location for both indoor and outdoor locations.”
“Oftentimes A-GPS provides location information about where someone is inside a building,” Laura Moy, executive director at the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown University Law Center, told Motherboard in an email.
Blake Reid, associate clinical professor at Colorado Law, told Motherboard in an email that “with assisted GPS, your location can be triangulated within just a few meters. This allows constructing a detailed record of everywhere you travel.”
“The only reason we grant carriers any access to this information is to make sure that first responders are able to locate us in an emergency,” Reid added. “If the carriers are turning around and using that access to sell information to bounty hunters or whomever else, it is a shocking abuse of the trust that the public places in them to safeguard privacy while protecting public safety.”
Both Reid and Moy said this was the first instance of a telco selling A-GPS data they had heard of.
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A Sprint spokesperson did not directly answer whether the company has ever sold A-GPS data. When asked if T-Mobile has sold A-GPS data, a company spokesperson told Motherboard in an email “We don’t have anything further to add at this stage.” AT&T did not respond to a request to clarify whether it sells or has ever sold A-GPS data.
A list of a particular customer’s use of the phone location service obtained by Motherboard stretches on for around 450 pages, with more than 18,000 individual phone location requests in just over a year of activity. The bail bonds firm that initiated the requests—known in the industry as phone pings—did not respond to questions asking whether they obtained consent for locating the phones, or what the pings were for.
“The scale of this abuse is outrageous,” Eva Galperin, director of cybersecurity at campaign group the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told Motherboard in an email.
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Original tweet: https://twitter.com/tindie/status/1093193060484374529
ALOHA, Ore. – Deputies arrested a man who took an Amazon box with a GPS device hidden inside it off of a porch in Washington County. Perez Johnson, 29, of Portland, told deputies he delivers for…
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18720604
Posted by MagicPropmaker (karma: 330)
Post stats: Points: 104 - Comments: 106 - 2018-12-19T22:45:44Z
\#HackerNews #after #amazon #arrested #bait #driver #gps #off #package #porch #taking #washington
Booking photo for Perez Johnson alongside the 18 packages found inside his vehicle - Photos from the Washington County Sheriffʼs Office.
ALOHA, Ore. – Deputies arrested a man who took an Amazon box with a GPS device hidden inside it off of a porch in Washington County.
Perez Johnson, 29, of Portland, told deputies he delivers for Amazon and was dropping off another shipment at the house when he picked up the GPS “bait package.”
Police pulled him over at about 6:40 p.m. Sunday evening on SW 170th Avenue in Aloha.
According to a report filed with the sheriff’s office, Johnson admitted to taking bait package, claiming he did it because Amazon has an incentive program that pays drivers $5 for each undelivered package they return.
Deputies said that they found 18 other Amazon packages inside his vehicle. They delivered the rest of the packages.
Johnson was booked into the Washington County Jail on a second-degree theft charge. He has since been released and is expected to appear in court on Thursday, December 20.
Court records show Johnson has no prior criminal history.
"This behavior is unacceptable and does not reflect the high standards we have for delivery partners," Amazon said in a statement. "This individual is no longer delivering Amazon packages, and we will work with customers directly to make things right."
The company said their delivery partners are independent contractors and are required to go through a background check and a check of their driving record. Amazon said Johnson passed his background check and delivered packages for less than a month.
The company said it is working with police as they investigate.
The sheriffʼs office put sensors inside of shipping boxes and leave them on local porches. If the packages are picked up, they use GPS, cell phone signal and a radio frequency transmitter to track them down.
They say that package theft has worked as a deterrent, as reports of package thefts went down after they started the program last year.
READ MORE: Thieves taking the ʼbait,ʼ deputies plant GPS packages across Washington Co.
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