Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 21st Nov 2011 07:48 UTC
Google Last June, CNET disclosed that Google collects and publishes the estimated locations of millions of phones, laptops, and other Wi-Fi devices. All without their owner's knowledge or permission. Google has finally announced how to exclude your home network from this database. Simply append "_nomap" to its name. Details over at CNET. Left unsaid is why the burden is placed on millions of individuals to opt-out, instead of on perpetrator Google.
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"The dangers of this thing is a bit overstated. It's not like rogue hackers somewhere will magically gain control of your life and threaten world peace by knowing your BSSID and MAC."

Yes it probably is, but it's still an additional way people become vulnerable online that did not exist prior to google publishing a database of local MAC addresses.

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