Sep 092015
 September 9, 2015  Posted by  Breaches, Surveillance, U.S.

Kenneth Lipp reports:

Prior to two weeks ago, when this reporter alerted authorities that they had exposed critical data, anyone online was able to freely access a City of Boston automated license plate reader (ALPR) system and to download dozens of sensitive files, including hundreds of thousands of motor vehicle records dating back to 2012. If someone saw your shiny car and wanted to rob your equally nice house, for example, they could use your parking permit number to obtain your address. All they had to do was find the server’s URL.

The open online server was a file share, primarily used for municipal parking enforcement to transfer and store vehicular permit information and nearly one million license plate numbers. This was all waiting to be discovered by anyone spelunking Google for terms including “Genetec,” the name of a Canadian surveillance company that owns the popular AutoVu brand of license plate readers.

Read more on DigBoston.

Thanks to Joe Cadillic for this link.

  One Response to “License to connive: Boston still tracks vehicles, lies about it, and leaves sensitive resident data exposed”

  1. Garbage trucks have been spying on Americans since 2010 and now they’re recording your license plate:

    Garbage truck drivers have been spying on Americans since 2010!

    “Waste Management’s trucks are on your streets every day. Our drivers are familiar with their routes, so they’re often the first to notice when something is amiss.

    As your community partner, we assist local police and fire departments by acting as extra eyes and ears on local streets.

    Through our Waste Watch program, we provide training to our drivers in what to look for and how to report suspicious or criminal activity to local authorities.”


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