Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th May 2012 09:13 UTC
In the News "Two robbers have paid a visit to a house in south-eastern Australia, hours after a teenager posted a photo on Facebook of a large sum of cash. The masked men, armed with a knife and a club, struck the home of the 17-year-old girl's mother in the country town of Bundanoon on Thursday, police say. Her mother told the men her daughter no longer lived there. It is not clear how the robbers found the family address. The Facebook image was at the grandmother's Sydney house. The men searched the house and took a small amount of cash and a small number of personal objects before leaving. No-one was injured." Should I be laughing or crying?
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Comment by LighthouseJ
by LighthouseJ on Tue 29th May 2012 12:53 UTC
LighthouseJ
Member since:
2009-06-18

My money is on EXIF tags left in the image.

iPhones notoriously leave lat longs embedded in the image, allowing people to put the coords into Google Maps or whatever and get site to return the closest address. I bet other smart/advanced phones do the same as well.

I've seen people post pictures of animal cruelty and the pictures have EXIF tags with coordinates. People do the same as above, and then contact the local law enforcement and report on the abusers using their own photographic proof.

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RE: Comment by LighthouseJ
by Pro-Competition on Tue 29th May 2012 14:33 in reply to "Comment by LighthouseJ"
Pro-Competition Member since:
2007-08-20

My money is on EXIF tags left in the image.


FTA:

The Facebook image was at the grandmother's Sydney house.


I guess we just have to chalk it up to stupid criminals. ;^)

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RE: Comment by LighthouseJ
by MOS6510 on Tue 29th May 2012 15:01 in reply to "Comment by LighthouseJ"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

When you upload a picture to Facebook any EXIF info is removed.

At least, when I upload a picture and then view it, save it, the info is gone. Perhaps the info does get saved and can be obtained if you know how, but it seems simply viewing 'n' saving doesn't yield any EXIF data.

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