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Stalking cheap Chinese GPS child trackers is as easy as 123... 456 – because that's the default password on 600k+ of these gizmos • The Register, Sep 2019
"Concerned parents who strap GPS trackers to their kids to keep tabs on the youngsters may be inadvertently putting their offspring in danger. Hundreds of thousands of the gizmos ship with pathetic security, including a default password of 123456, allowing them to be potentially monitored by strangers, it is claimed."

"White hats at Avast announced on Thursday they discovered 29 models of gadgets, designed to track their child wearers, had that weak default passcode. "

"once into an account, you can see the kid's GPS coordinates, eavesdrop on the built-in microphone, access any photos on the device, and potentially even make a call to the child"

"The security pros scanned a million account numbers, and said they found more than 600,000 vulnerable devices are in circulation"
TheRegister  GPS  China  cyber-spectrum  cybersecurity  hacking  Avast  surveillance  tracking 
september 2019 by pierredv
[pdf] ELROI: A License Plate For Your Satellite, Feb 2018, arXiv
Palmer & Holmes
Abstract
Space object identification is vital for operating spacecraft, space traffic control, and space situational awareness, but initial determination, maintenance, and recovery of identity are all difficult, expensive, and error-prone, especially for small objects like CubeSats. Attaching a beacon or license plate with a unique identification number to a space object before launch would greatly simplify the task, but radio beacons are power-hungry and can cause interference. This paper describes a new concept for a satellite license plate, the Extremely Low Resource Optical Identifier or ELROI. ELROI is a milliwatt-scale self-powered autonomous optical beacon that can be attached to any space object to transmit a persistent identification signal to ground stations. A system appropriate for a LEO CubeSat or other small space object can fit in a package with the area of a postage stamp and a few millimeters thick, and requires no power, data, or control from the host object. The concept has been validated with ground tests, and the first flight test unit is scheduled for launch in 2018. The unique identification number of a LEO satellite can be determined unambiguously in a single orbital pass over a low-cost ground station.
satellite  identity  tracking  arXiv 
december 2018 by pierredv
Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on Download Page
To provide website visitors the ability to prevent their data from being used by Google Analytics, we have developed the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on for the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js, analytics.js, dc.js).
privacy  advertising  opt-out  tools  browser  marketing  cookies  tracking  Google 
july 2018 by pierredv
The FCC’s Big Problem with Small Satellites - IEEE Spectrum Apr 2018
"The FCC was worried about collisions in space, where even the smallest objects traveling at orbital velocities can inflict massive damage on satellites or, in a worst-case scenario, manned spacecraft. It thought Swarm’s SpaceBees satellites, measuring 10 by 10 by 2.5 cm, would be just too small to track."

"An investigation by IEEE Spectrum has revealed that the FCC licensed multiple satellites smaller than 10 cm over the past five years, including some as small as 3.5 by 3.5 by 0.2 cm. But the commission has also changed its mind from one application to the next, refusing launch permission for satellites that were virtually identical to ones previously authorized. This uncertainty has led to at least one satellite maker exporting his technology rather than risk being denied a license in the U.S."

"Launching a kilogram payload to low earth orbit (LEO) currently costs at least $3000. "

"Eventually, NASA adopted KickSat-2 as an official NASA mission. Due to a regulatory quirk, NASA’s own satellites are overseen by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) rather than the FCC. KickSat-2 is now slated for launch late this year or early next. "

"Last summer, the London-based Breakthrough launched six Sprites on a German satellite from an Indian launch vehicle, far outside the FCC’s jurisdiction. Germany has no minimum size regulations for satellites."
IEEE-Spectrum  space  FCC  orbital-debris  tracking  cubesats  NASA 
april 2018 by pierredv
Engineering Tools | AGI
"Systems Tool Kit (STK) is the premier software for providing four-dimensional modeling, simulation, and analysis of objects from land, sea, air, and space in order to evaluate system performance in real or simulated-time."
satellite  space  modeling  simulation  space-debris  tracking 
august 2017 by pierredv
Companies flood Earth’s orbit with satellites, but no one’s directing traffic - The Washington Post
via Phil Larson
"In the past five years, the number of operational satellites has jumped 40 percent, and nearly 1,400 now orbit the planet. And industry officials say the number could more than double in five years as a revolution in technology makes satellites smaller and more affordable."

"But U.S. officials are concerned about all the traffic in space and the lack of oversight. Although the Pentagon tracks objects orbiting the globe and warns of close approaches, it does not have the power to order an operator to move a satellite out of the way to avoid a collision."

"But U.S. officials are concerned about all the traffic in space and the lack of oversight. Although the Pentagon tracks objects orbiting the globe and warns of close approaches, it does not have the power to order an operator to move a satellite out of the way to avoid a collision.

Some members of Congress say a civilian agency, such as the Federal Aviation Administration, should be made responsible for managing satellite traffic. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) has led that effort..."

"Some observers were skeptical of leaving it to satellite companies to regulate themselves and work together to stop collisions."

"Bridenstine is also wary of self-regulation. If a company knew, for example, that there was a 1-in-10,000 chance of a collision, he said, it might decide to live with that level of risk and not perform a costly maneuver"
WashingtonPost  satellite  tracking  SIA 
may 2017 by pierredv
U.S. Air Force space tracking software delayed 19 months - SpaceNews.com, Apr 2016
"A long-awaited update to the hardware and software system that will allow the U.S. Air Force to ingest data from its new object tracking system, known as Space Fence, will not be ready until 2018, about 19 months later than previous estimates, an Air Force spokeswoman said April 11."

"The program, known as the JSpOC Mission System (JMS), is a three-phased, $1 billion initiative to replace or upgrade the hardware and software currently used for space surveillance, collision avoidance, launch support, and providing more precise and timely orbital information. "
space  SpaceNews  tracking  satellite  JSpOC  JMS 
may 2017 by pierredv
Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) - Wikipedia
JSpOC is located at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and is the organization responsible for performing all of the orbit determination activity necessary to maintain the US space catalogue
space  satellite  Wikipedia  JSpOC  tracking 
may 2017 by pierredv
2016 President – Winner – PredictWise
"Key data on this page includes: Prediction Markets (Betfair, PredictIt, Hypermind), Polling (HuffPost Pollster), Bookie (OddsChecker). Click here for details of the data collection and aggregation process. "
US  elections  tracking 
march 2016 by pierredv
NOAA satellites - tracking - N2YO.com
"This is a list of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) polar-orbiting environmental satellites (POES) for longer term forecasting. "
satellite  NOAA  POES  MetSat  weathersatellite  N2YO  tracking  ephemeris  predictions 
june 2015 by pierredv
London recycling bins no longer tracking smartphones - FierceBroadbandWireless aug 2013
"Recycling bins outfitted with Wi-Fi in London's financial district have had their smartphone-tracking capabilities shut down. After news of the tracking effort was publicized, officials for the City of London demanded that marketing company Renew, which was behind the operation, shutter the program."
tracking  surveillance  Wi-Fi  advertizing  FierceWireless 
august 2013 by pierredv
Wildtrack Telemetry Systems
via Marinelle & Mark, Santa Cruz, May 2013 "Fastloc® technology was originally designed specifically to address the problems faced with traditional Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers in a marine environment.  Wave wash, submersion and poor antenna orientation are all problems that can prevent a traditional GPS receiver from maintaining signal reception and thus provide location information.  To overcome these issues a Fastloc® receiver uses small 'snapshots' of GPS signal (typically 10's of milliseconds) which are processed to the point of obtaining satellite information only.  This low volume satellite information can then be stored on board or forwarded to a server for location processing."
tracking  telemetry  GPS 
may 2013 by pierredv
BBC News - 'Privacy visor blocks facial recognition software'
"A pair of glasses dubbed a "privacy visor" has been developed to thwart hidden cameras using facial-recognition software.
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The glasses are equipped with a near-infrared light source, which confuses the software without affecting vision.

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Heavy make-up or a mask will also work, as will tilting your head at a 15-degree angle, which fools the software into thinking you do not have a face

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In November, it emerged some shop mannequins were collecting data on shoppers using facial-recognition software. The EyeSee mannequin logs the age, gender and race of passers-by through a camera hidden behind one eye."
face  tracking  face  recognition  surveillance  recognition  privacy  jamming  via:stevecrowley  x:bbc 
january 2013 by pierredv
Bynamite | Internet By The People
tool to find out what advertizers think your interests are
from presentation by Jesse Sowell at TPRC 2010
privacy  advertising  tracking  marketing 
october 2010 by pierredv
Web Browsers Leave 'Fingerprints' Behind as You Surf the Net | Electronic Frontier Foundation
"EFF found that 84% of the configuration combinations were unique and identifiable, creating unique and identifiable browser "fingerprints." Browsers with Adobe Flash or Java plug-ins installed were 94% unique and trackable."
privacy  browser  tracking  eff  x:eff  via:gmsv  surveillance 
may 2010 by pierredv
Panopticlick - EFF
"Is your browser configuration rare or unique? If so, web sites may be able to track you, even if you limit or disable cookies."
"Panopticlick tests your browser to see how unique it is based on the information it will share with sites it visits. Click below and you will be given a uniqueness score, letting you see how easily identifiable you might be as you surf the web."
privacy  security  browser  tracking  surveillance  via:gmsv 
january 2010 by pierredv

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