On The Correspondent, Maurits Martijn looks at all the information that can be gained from a smartphone when it connects to what appears to be a public WiFi network, but is instead a rogue system set up by a hacker. According to the article, once connected, the hacker could "retrieve their passwords, steal their identity, and plunder their bank accounts."
First we google her name, which immediately allows us to determine what she looks like and where in the coffeehouse she is sitting. We learn that she was born in a different European country and only recently moved to the Netherlands. Through Delicious we discover that she’s been visiting the website of a Dutch language course and she has bookmarked a website with information on the Dutch integration course.
In less than 20 minutes, here’s what we’ve learned about the woman sitting 10 feet from us: where she was born, where she studied, that she has an interest in yoga, that she’s bookmarked an online offer for an anti-snore mantras, recently visited Thailand and Laos, and shows a remarkable interest in sites that offer tips on how to save a relationship.
|Signal: Free, Worldwide, Encrypted Phone Calls for iPhone|
|"Children themselves are unaware that everything they say to the doll is being listened to."|
|Surveiling the Politically Active of 2030|
|"Anything that you’re doing on your phone, Facebook is watching."|
|"Walk by a policeman, and she will know your name, address, criminal record, and with whom you routinely are seen."|
|“Research that could engineer dinosaurs back into existence within the next five to 10 years.”|
|Fake Name Generator|
|“A man-powered machine that creates scarfs in 5 minutes.”|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|Google Map Shows You the Most Photographed Areas of the World|
|“If I’m upset with Facebook, what’s the equivalent product I can go sign up for?”|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|“The only thing worse than assuming that carbon removal will save the day is assuming it will save the day.”|
|What Computers See When They Watch a Movie|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|“A machine meant to hurl rockets into space.”|