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Creepy Location Tool

Posted by Aaron Massey on 02 May 2011.

Since I’ve been examining location privacy recently, I can’t pass up mentioning creepy:

creepy is an application that allows you to gather geolocation related information about users from social networking platforms and image hosting services. The information is presented in a map inside the application where all the retrieved data is shown accompanied with relevant information (i.e. what was posted from that specific location) to provide context to the presentation.

The authors go on to describe it as a proof of concept tool, similar to Firesheep. I don’t believe creepy will be as widely covered by the media as Firesheep was. It’s not immediately exploitable the way Firesheep could be. However, I would bet that it will be used as a stalking tool, despite the wishes of the authors.