Privacy protection in the deployment of location based services is a hot topic both in CS research and in the development of mobile applications. In this paper we consider a location based service that currently has hundreds of millions of users and we show how we developed a software that is able to discover their exact positions, by only using information publicly disclosed by the service. Our software does not exploit a specific limitation of the considered service. Rather this contribution shows that there is an entire class of services that is subject to the attack we present.

On the privacy of real-world friend-finder services / A. Fattori, A. Reina, A. Gerino, S. Mascetti - In: IEEE 14. International conference on mobile data management : MDM 2013 : 3-6 June 2013, Milan, Italy : proceedings. Vol. 1Los Alamitos, California : IEEE computer society, 2013. - ISBN 9781467360685. - pp. 331-334 (( Intervento presentato al 14. convegno International conference on mobile data management (MDM) tenutosi a Milano nel 2013 [10.1109/MDM.2013.48].

On the privacy of real-world friend-finder services

A. Fattori;A. Reina;A. Gerino;S. Mascetti
2013

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Privacy protection in the deployment of location based services is a hot topic both in CS research and in the development of mobile applications. In this paper we consider a location based service that currently has hundreds of millions of users and we show how we developed a software that is able to discover their exact positions, by only using information publicly disclosed by the service. Our software does not exploit a specific limitation of the considered service. Rather this contribution shows that there is an entire class of services that is subject to the attack we present.
privacy; friend-finder services
Settore INF/01 - Informatica
2013
Institute of electrical and electronics engineers
Institute of electrical and electronics engineers. Computer society
Università degli studi di Milano
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