Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd May 2012 20:52 UTC, submitted by bowkota
Google "It's never the offence; it's the cover-up. And if there's one thing that the last few years have taught us, it's that the suggestion of a 'rogue' worker having acted alone to do something which led to an intrusion is never correct. There has to be a failure of management oversight as well. That's why Google is in such hot water now over the revelations contained in the Federal Communications Commission report into what went wrong with its Street View Wi-Fi data collection program." What a total and utter surprise: company does bad stuff, tries to cover it up. Sometimes I think I'm the only person in the world who grasps that companies - they are not to be trusted. This really isn't rocket science, people.
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You can't protect this
by _xmv on Thu 3rd May 2012 03:52 UTC
_xmv
Member since:
2008-12-09

There's nothing to protect.
Hide SSID? Its still broadcasted when your node joins.
Never/Rarely joins? Any traffic results in packets with readable MAC address. Its not encryptable.
MAC is unique and identifiable. Enough to map the network.

Moreover your phone when the wifi is on also leaks it's MAC. That's enough to track you anywhere.

So no. You can't protect against this. No need to play the smart person as if it was avoidable. It is not.

Don't use wifi. But a similar thing can be said for most of the things you need day to day. Don't use GSM, your IMEI leaks.

Etc. Ofc, don't use Internet.

Edited 2012-05-03 03:53 UTC

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RE: You can't protect this
by redshift on Thu 3rd May 2012 23:09 in reply to "You can't protect this"
redshift Member since:
2006-05-06

There's nothing to protect.
Hide SSID? Its still broadcasted when your node joins.
Never/Rarely joins? Any traffic results in packets with readable MAC address. Its not encryptable.
MAC is unique and identifiable. Enough to map the network.

Moreover your phone when the wifi is on also leaks it's MAC. That's enough to track you anywhere.

So no. You can't protect against this. No need to play the smart person as if it was avoidable. It is not.

Don't use wifi. But a similar thing can be said for most of the things you need day to day. Don't use GSM, your IMEI leaks.

Etc. Ofc, don't use Internet.


I was not talking about MAC addresses. I was talking about the passwords and emails that Google apparently acquired because people could not be bothered to secure their network. So yes... there was something to protect and a reasonable way to do it.

Devices "leak" your MAC address because it is not considered super secret private info. It was intended to be a way for devices to be uniquely recognized. If you are worried about that, than you need to keep your devices under a large tinfoil hat.

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