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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

GPS Car Trackers

Via Cryptogon and Wired:

This guy in San Jose found TWO GPS trackers on his car (one after he found and took pictures of the other one) and a strange man was seen poking around his girlfriend's car, which makes them think they were retrieving one off her car before she could find it.  Also the police showed up while he was talking to Wired.

I thought I'd put some pictures from it so you can know what to look for.  He found the second one when he saw "what looked like a cell phone antenna inside a hole on his back bumper".

Here's the first one he found.  It was stuck under his car near his spare tire with a magnet.
Not too long ago, a Moslem student found this one on his car.  When he posted this, the FBI came knocking to get it back from him.
 All of these trackers have transmitters in them, so they're larger.  But there are GPS devices that fit in the palm of your hand and that look like other things like Ipods or USB sticks.  These are designed for people who want to spy on their spouse or something and who have access to the vehicle to retrieve the device from time to time.  Therefore, you should consider not only looking under your car or in the trunk or spare tire, but also looking around in your car for these kind of items and leave them behind if you don't want to be tracked.

Incidentally you can also get someone's general location from their cell phone, and many cell phones also have GPS, and some of them will broadcast even when turned off, and even when the battery is out, because they have other batteries as well.  So keep that in mind too.

If that's not enough, there are RFID's in tires that can be tracked by boxes on some roadside lamp poles.  I'm assuming that's only in or near large cities or interstates, at least for now.  And if you decide to walk and leave all electronics behind, now they're coming out with secret-camera light poles.

Maybe we should all take to wearing a large brimmed hat and a domino? Then they'd have a hard time telling any of us apart on the street.  Or burkas for everyone even the men.

1 comment:

OemCar GPS said...

GPS is a very valuable tool and should certainly not be discarded. However General Norton is correct when stating the vulnerably such networks have. We must be able to operate effectively in an environment where we don't have the benefit of our GPS systems.