Social Zombies Gone Wild: Totally Exposed and Uncensored

Presented at Notacon 8 (2011), April 16, 2011, 1 p.m. (60 minutes)

Social networks have jumped onto the geolocation bandwagon with location-based tweets, status updates, check-ins, mayorships, and more. This doesn't take into account EXIF, QR codes, and advancements in HTML 5 geo implementations, which are being built into these location-based services. This is often implemented and enabled without the user even knowing it. In fact, geolocation is one of the hottest technologies being used in everything from web browsers to mobile devices. As social networks throw our location coordinates around like candy, its only natural that bad things will happen and abuse will become more popular. This presentation will cover how social networks and other websites are currently using location-based services, what they plan on doing with it, and a discussion on the current privacy and security issues. We will also discuss the latest geolocation hacking techniques and will release custom code that can abuse all of the features being discussed.


  • Kevin Johnson
    Kevin Johnson is a security researcher with Secure Ideas. He has many years of experience performing security services for Fortune 100 companies, and leads a large number of open source security projects including BASE and SamuraiWTF. Kevin is also an instructor for SANS.
  • Tom Eston
    Tom Eston is a Senior Security Consultant for SecureState. Tom focuses his research on the security of social media. Tom is also the founder of and co-host of the Security Justice and Social Media Security podcasts.


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