Whoops! How Your “Convenience” Broadcasts Your Secrets

Vol. 10 No. 2

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Brendan O’Connor, a security researcher and third-year law student at the University of Wisconsin Law School, is set to graduate in May 2014 with a double concentration in criminal law and international law. His security research, via his company, Malice Afterthought, Inc., focuses primarily on enabling access to security and privacy through development of disposable computing and sensing tools. He has taught information warfare to the military, played the violin, transmitted on amateur radio (K3QB), and tried to convince his cats not to eat him when he dies. He welcomes inquiries at brendan@maliceafterthought.com.

I know where you go each day. I know what time you go to work, what time you leave, where you meet clients, when you check Facebook over lunch, and when you sent that email to a client while heading to the gym. I know that you carry a “work phone” in addition to your iPhone, and I know the model of your laptop. I even know that you went to your old high-school buddy’s apartment last month when you were supposed to be at the dentist.

You assume that I’m the NSA, but I’m not: I’m your humble coffee shop.

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