29 Apr '17, 11pm

Linger Keeps You Around After You’ve Gone https://t.co/iy1SnQokat

Linger Keeps You Around After You’ve Gone https://t.co/iy1SnQokat

We’re not sure if this is art, anti-snooping guerilla warfare, or just a cheeky hack, but we do know that we like it! [Jasper van Leonen]’s Linger keeps the SSIDs that your cell phone (for example) spits out whenever it’s not connected to a WiFi network, and replays them after you’re gone. Some retail stores and other shady characters use MAC addresses and/or the unique collection of SSIDs that your phone submits in probe requests to fingerprint you and track your movement, either through their particular store or across stores that share a tracking provider. Did you know that you were buying into this when you enabled “location services”? Did the tracking firms ask you if that was ok? Of course not. What are you going to do about it? Linger replays the probe requests of people who have already moved on, making it appear to these systems as if nobody ever leaves. Under the...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2017/04/29/linger-keeps-you-around-af...

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