$7 million fine for wardriving!

So a company whose revenue from last year was about $50 billion is about to reach a $7 million USD settlement with state attorneys general of 30 US states for wardriving. An activity where the company was able to capture user data from private wireless networks.

No one is officially calling it wardriving, but that was what Google was doing with its Street View vehicles. Those vehicles, usually compact cars fitted with elaborate, high-tech cameras, gobbled up private data as they drove down neighborhood streets.

And the wardriving activity was not just here in the US, but also in a few countries in Europe. According to a report in The Washington Post, the company blamed on a “rogue engineer” “for activating the wireless collection system on cars that were supposed to take photographs for Google.” What were the “wireless collection system” doing in the cars in the first place?

For that, they get off with what amounts to a slap on the wrist, because $7 million USD is nothing to Google. That amount does not send any real message. It’s in the same category as the fine that Microsoft received from the EU competition commission.
Google fined for Wardriving

Related Posts

How to build a Kali Rolling ISO of doom Editor: When you've finished building your Kali Rolling ISO of doom, take another step and enhance your ethical hacking and online penetration testing...
Yoga tablet is Android-powered and delivers up to 18 hours of juice The Yoga tablet computer is the latest Android-powered tablet from Lenovo. The holiday shopping season is right around the corner, so we can expect mo...
Project Denver SoC will be the first 64-bit ARM processor for Android NVIDIA has revealed architectural details of the 64-bit version of the Tegra K1 System-on-Chip (SoC). Being developed under the Project Denver code na...
Wireless Phones Can Affect The Brain, Swedish Study Suggests A study at Örebro University in Sweden indicates that mobile phones and other cordless telephones have a biological effect on the brain. It is still t...
ZShaolin Android terminal updated ZShaolin, a terminal program for Android devices has been updated to version 0.8. ZShaolin makes is possible to use zsh on Android devices, provid...
Controlling screen cursors with thoughts Using a new brain-computer training approach, 14 volunteers learned in only six minutes how to move a screen cursor with their thoughts. Near-instant ...

We Recommend These Vendors and Free Offers

ContainerizeThis 2016 is a free, 2-day conference for all things containers and big data. Featured, will be presentations and free, hands-on workshops. Learn more at ContainerizeThis.com

Launch an SSD VPS in Europe, USA, Asia & Australia on Vultr's KVM-based Cloud platform starting at $5:00/month (15 GB SSD, 768 MB of RAM).

Deploy an SSD Cloud server in 55 seconds on DigitalOcean. Built for developers and starting at $5:00/month (20 GB SSD, 512 MB of RAM).

Want to become an expert ethical hacker and penetration tester? Request your free video training course of Online Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking

Whether you're new to Linux or are a Linux guru, you can learn a lot more about the Linux kernel by requesting your free ebook of Linux Kernel In A Nutshell.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*