iPod add-on 'fails' privacy test

Joggers using the iPod Sport kit to keep fit are putting their personal privacy at risk, warn scientists.

The academics showed how easy it was to track those using the combination of music player and running shoe sensor.

In the worst scenario suggested by the scientists, stalkers could use the tracking data to "engineer" encounters with victims.

The researchers said gadget makers should do more to protect privacy and stop hardware being abused in this way.

The Nike iPod Sport kit uses radio to link a sensor in a runner's shoe to another gadget that clips on to an iPod Nano.

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Oh how perfectly ridiculous! Careful now - if you leave the comfort of your own home you can be spotted by a potential stalker/murderer/salesman/chugger/vicar etc.

KIDS - STAY IN BED UNDER THE DUVET!

The article doesn't specify how much information can really be exploited here. From the example that the team put together all that is clear is that they can:

1. Detect a particular wireless ID signal and log it.
2. Know that it is within 20M away.

I think they were getting at an array of receivers set up at various places to log jogger activity.

Can you currently pick up on people's wireless ID's even on encrypted (any?) 802.11g? What other devices does this exploit exist in? Cell Phones?

"The unique identifier could be tracked up to 20 metres away"
heh. By now.
This is almost the same what they do with the convicts in NY but instead of the state pay, you PAY for this.

The unique identifier could be tracked up to 20 metres away

Instead of tracking the sensor, why doesn't the stalker save time and just watch the person? 20 metres is not very far. This is just people trying to cash in on a popular product.

Quote - DomG said @ #3

Instead of tracking the sensor, why doesn't the stalker save time and just watch the person? 20 metres is not very far. This is just people trying to cash in on a popular product.

Haven't you been watching any of the bond films? The super villains hide outs are always 20 meters away. That is how they can spy on James Bond so easily. I think also this is the case in batman and spiderman.

Quote - i3iz said @ #3.1
Haven't you been watching any of the bond films? The super villains hide outs are always 20 meters away. That is how they can spy on James Bond so easily. I think also this is the case in batman and spiderman.

I like the part about Batman and Spiderman :P

I think also this is the case in batman and spiderman.

New Warning Label: Using this product could lead you to be slowly lowered into a vat of acid while the bad guy leaves you alone in a room.

FLASH NEWS REPORT!

Driving a vehicle with a license plate can cause encounter with a "police" officer, which can be fatal if data on your license plate is found through hacked police systems...

thagame, assuming that you are referring to their market share, then you are very wrong, considering that this article is about an iPod add-on. Apple has the dominant market share in the digital music player market.

If you are talking about their market share in the personal computer market (which isn't at all relevant to this article), they are in about 4th place in the US and probably around 6th or 7th place in the world, not bad considering that there are hundreds of companies who make personal computers.