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31 Mar 2011

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Creepy: Stalker’s Dream App Allows Tracking of Anyone’s Location

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The creators of a new geo-location app called “Creepy” knew exactly what they were doing when they named the app, because, well, it’s a bit creepy. This new app aggregates GPS coordinates for any user, pointing out their most frequented hangouts on a map by tracking information embedded in Foursquare, Twitter, and Flickr. Yes, this is a stalker’s dream app. The easy-to-use app will allow you to type in any username and it will grab any and all location data it can find, from Foursquare check-ins, and even tweet locations. So, while it won’t tell you exactly where someone is in real-time, it will allow you to see where someone usually hangs out. So, for all you stalkers out there, you will still need to do some legwork, but this app will help you close the gap between yourself and the one you soo covet. Yes, kind of creepy.

In an interview with Thinq UK, the creator of Creepy, Yiannis Kakavas, a 26-year-old student at Technischen Universit├Ąt Darmstadt in Germany, had this to say:

“The purpose in creating Creepy was twofold,” Kakavas explained. “First, to try and raise awareness about privacy in social networking platforms. I wanted to stress how ‘easy’ it is to aggregate all the seemingly small and innocent pieces of data people are sharing into a ‘larger picture’ that potentially gives away information that users wouldn’t think of sharing. For example, where do they live, where do they work, where and at what times they are hanging out, when they are not at home et cetera. I think that sometimes it is worth ‘scaring’ people into being more careful on how much they share online.

“Secondly, I wanted to create a tool for social engineers to help with information gathering. I believe Creepy can be of real use to security analysts performing penetration testing for the initial process of gathering information about the ‘targets’ – information that can be used later for a number of purposes.”

Here’s an image of the app in action:

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