UnLocIn: Unauthorized Location Inference on Smartphones without Being Caught

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Provided by: Carnegie Mellon University
Topic: Security
Format: PDF
Location privacy has become one of the critical issues in the Smartphone era. Since users carry their phones everywhere and all the time, leaking users' location information can have dangerous implications. In this paper, the authors leverage the idea that Wi-Fi parameters not considered to be \"Sensitive\" in the Android platform can be exploited to learn users' location. Though the idea of using Wi-Fi information to breach location privacy is not new, they extend the basic idea and show that clever attackers can do so without being detected by current malware detection techniques.
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