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[Washington Post] Hacker locates John McAfee through smartphone tracks

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...McAfee, 67, who founded the popular antivirus company that bears his name, has been wanted for questioning by police in Belize since a neighbor turned up dead of a gunshot wound near McAfee’s beach-side home Nov. 11. The troubled tech savant, insisting that he had no role in the shooting, went on the run and has been taunting police by blog, Twitter and occasional podcast.

Authorities couldn’t catch him. But a hacker called Simple Nomad learned McAfee’s location shortly after journalists posted an image of him from his supposedly secret locale under the provocative headline, “We are with John McAfee right now, suckers.”

Embedded in that image, apparently taken by one of the journalists, was the sort of detailed data routinely collected by smartphone cameras and often transmitted along with images wherever they go — on e-mail, Facebook, online photo albums and, it turns out, to Vice magazine’s Web site...

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post #2 of 9
Well that didnt take so long...
post #3 of 9
Wow, wouldn't expect such a basic mistake. eek.gif

To be fair though, it was VICE that messed up, shame on them for poor security practices regardless of the situation. I really like VICE but this is sloppy.
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post #4 of 9
Not hacking.

EXIF data is stored inside every image your smartphone takes. Strip it yourself or upload it to a site that does.
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doh.gif Fail.
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Yeah not hacking. Anyone can do that
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Yeah it didn't say he hacked anything. Just that he is a hacker, and identified info from the picture (lat./lon. coordinates). And at the end it says there's a lot of info in smartphones hackers can get. But no direct reference, that I saw, to hacking as far as getting data from the pic.
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post #8 of 9
I found disk cleanup through my start button search command. I'm a hacker.
post #9 of 9
lol not hacking. but hilarious mistake lachen.gif
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