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Devices That Tell On You: The Nike+iPod Sport Kit T. Scott Saponas, Jonathan Lester, Carl Hartung, Tadayoshi Kohno
 

Summary: Devices That Tell On You: The Nike+iPod Sport Kit
T. Scott Saponas, Jonathan Lester, Carl Hartung, Tadayoshi Kohno
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 98195
http://www.cs.washington.edu/research/systems/privacy.html
November 30, 2006
ABSTRACT
Personal sensing devices are becoming more commonplace
in everyday life. Unfortunately, radio transmissions from
these devices can create unexpected privacy concerns if not
carefully designed. We demonstrate these issues with a
widely-available commercial product, the Nike+iPod Sport
Kit, which contains a sensor that users put in one of their
shoes and a receiver that users attach to their iPod Nanos.
We find and technically explore example scenarios, such as
stalking, where the Nike+iPod Sport Kit's design can lead
to a compromise of personal privacy and safety. Our re-
sults exploit the fact that, when a Nike+iPod user walks
or runs, the user's Nike+iPod sensor broadcasts a unique
identifier that can be detected up to 60 feet away. We im-

  

Source: Anderson, Richard - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington at Seattle

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences