April 26, 2011
Google really does have a very big location map – and that may include where your router is. The results of its giant Street View exercise in which it took pictures of houses and shops but also gathered locations of Wi-Fi networks and – oops! – collected data from open Wi-Fi networks has all been collated.
And what’s more, you can query it yourself.
Got a Wi-Fi router? Got admin access to its interface? Then you can get its MAC address and plug it into the “android map” interface offered by Samy Kamkar, a hacker and researcher who last week showed that Android phones transmit their location data (as uncovered by another researcher, Magnus Eriksson)