Seattle police department has network that can track all Wi-Fi enabled devices

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posted on Nov, 10 2013 @ 04:02 PM
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The Seattle Police Department purchased a “mesh network” in February that will be used by emergency responders, but which will also be capable of tracking anyone with Wi-Fi enabled device.

The network is not yet turned on, according to Seattle Police, but once it is, it will be able to determine the IP address, device type, downloaded applications, current location, and historical location of any device that searches for a Wi-Fi signal. The network is capable of storing that information for the previous 1,000 times a particular device attempted to access a Wi-Fi signal.






I think we all knew this was coming! And I think we all know it won't be limited to Seattle.
Is this the mark of the beast we hear so much about? It didn''t even have to be implanted; we bought it of our own free will. Couple this with the on star in our vehicles, cameras on every street corner and the constitutional right of privacy has pretty much been thrown in the dumpster.

As I gaze out my office window, I see a truck with a roof mounted dish, no markings, and no indication of who it belongs to or what it is broadcasting or receiving. My rampant paranoia tells me that even my cable connection has listening capabilities as well.

As I talk with some under 35 year olds; this doesn't bother them at all...

It's a brave new world




posted on Nov, 10 2013 @ 04:26 PM
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Install a Linux distro. Change your MAC address and scramble your ip. Simple.



posted on Nov, 10 2013 @ 04:27 PM
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CallYourBluff
Install a Linux distro. Change your MAC address and scramble your ip. Simple.


or..
Do the same thing with Windows..
It's not a function of the OS.



posted on Nov, 10 2013 @ 04:32 PM
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lol they just want to access peoples porn to add to to their archives
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privacy is a dirty word in this modern age so it would seem



posted on Nov, 10 2013 @ 04:33 PM
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Learn a little bit about Linux and then we'll talk.



posted on Nov, 10 2013 @ 04:42 PM
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CallYourBluff
Install a Linux distro. Change your MAC address and scramble your ip. Simple.


The MAC address is embedded into the device. It's in firmware installed by the manufacturer of the hardware device. Indeed, you can tell who made the device by the code in the MAC address. HP has a different code than Apple, for example. You can't just change it. This has nothing to do with Linux vs. Windows. It's independent of the OS.



posted on Nov, 10 2013 @ 05:17 PM
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schuyler

CallYourBluff
Install a Linux distro. Change your MAC address and scramble your ip. Simple.


The MAC address is embedded into the device. It's in firmware installed by the manufacturer of the hardware device. Indeed, you can tell who made the device by the code in the MAC address. HP has a different code than Apple, for example. You can't just change it. This has nothing to do with Linux vs. Windows. It's independent of the OS.


MAC addresses are easily spoofed. I spoof mine all the time.

External router IP address is a little harder.



posted on Nov, 10 2013 @ 05:34 PM
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CallYourBluff
reply to post by opethPA
 


Learn a little bit about Linux and then we'll talk.


Ha..ok..lemme go shut down the 2 separate distros I have running right now and you can tell me all about it.



posted on Nov, 10 2013 @ 05:52 PM
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somepolice in a land i dont know or care about have access to the intraweb.
now i have to to get linux.
i will pray for your smelly fat face.



posted on Nov, 10 2013 @ 06:12 PM
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Ten thumbs up for smelly fat face.

Lmao. Scramble ur ips too man, I use iBeater 2.0 and a secure bowl. You get a free shell account with it.



posted on Nov, 11 2013 @ 10:28 AM
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Where is a link to the source of your information?
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posted on Nov, 11 2013 @ 11:45 AM
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Well, I guess that was inevitable, really, just a question of time. Gotta love how they used emergency responders as an excuse. That's like saying street cameras are meant to help traffic officers...yeah right.


olaru12
As I talk with some under 35 year olds; this doesn't bother them at all...

It's a brave new world


I sometimes get the feeling they want to be monitored. It makes them feel safer. Maybe being brought up on social media conditioned them to fear privacy or something.



posted on Nov, 11 2013 @ 11:53 AM
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caladonea
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Where is a link to the source of your information?
edit on 11-11-2013 by caladonea because: edit


Sorry, here it is......

www.presstv.ir...

uno mas

www.thestranger.com...



posted on Nov, 12 2013 @ 12:22 PM
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Here's a novel idea that our people managed to survive comfortably through for thousands of years: Try living without a cell phone or other networked mobile device.

Problem solved.



posted on Nov, 16 2013 @ 02:37 AM
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burdman30ott6
Here's a novel idea that our people managed to survive comfortably through for thousands of years: Try living without a cell phone or other networked mobile device.

Problem solved.


People were still networked, it was just through different systems such as face to face conversations, and letters during the past few hundred years.

That aside, I'm not one of those people who lives off of their cell phone but I recognize its usefulness. To shed the devices would but a great loss to humanity. We just need to do something about illegal wiretaps.



posted on Nov, 16 2013 @ 08:12 PM
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What you really need to do is a security audit of your wifi. Set up Kismet and sniff yourself, uh so to speak. Kismet sees whatever a spy can see. You can park on a channel then run wireshark and see all the traffic.

Now as far as tracking goes, you want to see wifi activity when you foolishly think you are not using wifi. If you have a device set up to automatically connect to various WAPs, you have a homing beacon. The device puts out request to see if there is a Starbucks or whatever out there. You can be in the middle of nowhere, without a chance of finding any wifi access point, but your devices will still chirp away. Most devices will let you select if you want this automatic connection. On some phones, this feature is buried pretty deep. There is also that "HP setup" ad hoc that lots of people chirp.

If the WAP information you have stored is unique, it can be quite a beacon. For instance, if you set up wifi at the Chicken Ranch bordello, then the person running Kismet knows you frequent the place. I mean how many WAPs would have chickenranch as a SSID. [Actually, I don't know if they have wifi, but you get the point.]

From what I have seen, metadata is not encrypted on wifi, so your MAC is not hidden.

Not so critical for mobile users, but a lot of WAPs will reveal what devices you have on your LAN since all the devices will broadcast on occasion. You can see networked TVs, music players like Sonos, barcode readers, printers, etc. There are ways around this with DDWRT.

Since most people don't practice tradecraft countermeasures for traffic analysis, kismet can sniff to see if anyone is home and using the wifi.

kismet
You will need wifi capable of monitor mode to use kismet. This is often confused with promiscuous mode.

Don't confuse Kismet with the inferior Netstumbler.






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