2 thoughts on “Reality can hurt your brain

  1. Harry Caul says:

    A predator has confessed to stalking and attacking a young Japanese pop star by zooming in on the reflections in her eyes from photos she posted on social media. https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2019/10/14/stalker-found-pop-star-by-searching-eyes-reflections-on-google-maps/
    “Higher quality images allow for more details to be identified that can help with geolocation, and the more reference imagery there is from services like Google Street View, the higher chance there is of finding a location,” Eliot Higgins, the founder of investigations site Bellingcat, which has pioneered online investigative techniques, told the BBC.
    “Even the tiniest details can reveal a lot of information about where a photograph is taken, and information about the individuals in the photograph,” he said. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-50000234
    It’s not just high-resolution photos with location-reflecting eyeballs that can be used to search for a geolocation on Google Maps or Street View. Photo EXIF data, which reveals the GPS latitude and longitude coordinates of where a photo was taken, can do the same thing. https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/12/03/john-mcafee-location-exif/
    Google’s computer vision specialists have also trained deep-learning machines to work out the location of almost any photo, just going by its pixels and relying on image retrieval https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2016/02/29/google-knows-where-your-photos-were-taken/

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