When Project Veritas was on the verge of releasing its undercover videos of Washington Post reporters admitting the whole Russia-election story was a hoax, geotags on his offices were activated and the offices were duly attack by ANTIFA or someone. (They are all on video). This post reviews the attack on Project Veritas, then a brief primer on geotagging, and concludes with the summary of an article about how any security cameras you have installed probably have Chinese geotagging and much much more.
Twitter and Facebook Turn on Project Veritas Geotags; Building Then Vandalized as Washington Post Report Breaks.
Twitter, November 29, 2017. IX E USA James O’Keefe @JamesOKeefeIII: To the vandalizers, don’t bother coming back. Our cameras already recorded you and we handed to the police. (https://twitter.com/JamesOKeefeIII/status/935916743507238912)
Suddenly social media is turning on our Geotags mysteriously, and this morning our building was vandalized. (https://twitter.com/JamesOKeefeIII/status/935914924823470082)
Project Veritas’ Washington Post Videos
James O’Keefe @JamesOKeefeIII: BREAKING: Undercover video inside @washingtonpost shows National Security Correspondent @danlamothe and Director of Product @josephjames discussing WaPo’s hidden agenda #AmericanPravda #ProjectVeritas Full: https://youtu.be/Tf_Wcnyaak8 (https://twitter.com/JamesOKeefeIII/status/935283210606477312)
Full video. In newly released undercover video, Washington Post National Security Correspondent Dan Lamothe and Director of Product Joey Marburger speak to the paper’s hidden agenda. Evidently, covering Trump the way they do is good business, even though it’s fake news. In the newest video WaPo’s Joey Marburger attempts to act like he is a sophisticated man of the world as he spills his guts, anxious to brag about how important he is. It is a thing of beauty as this absurd leftist buffoon is plucked like a chicken. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf_Wcnyaak8&t=2s)
Geotagging. Wikipedia, October 13, 2017.
Geotagging (also written as GeoTagging) is the process of adding geographical identification metadata to various media such as a geotagged photograph or video, websites, SMS messages, QR Codes or RSS feeds and is a form of geospatial metadata. This data usually consists of latitude and longitude coordinates, though they can also include altitude, bearing, distance, accuracy data, and place names, and perhaps a time stamp. Geotagging can help users find a wide variety of location-specific information from a device. For instance, someone can find images taken near a given location by entering latitude and longitude coordinates into a suitable image search engine. Geotagging-enabled information services can also potentially be used to find location-based news, websites, or other resources. Geotagging can tell users the location of the content of a given picture or other media or the point of view, and conversely on some media platforms show media relevant to a given location. The related term geocoding refers to the process of taking non-coordinate based geographical identifiers, such as a street address, and finding associated geographic coordinates (or vice versa for reverse geocoding). Such techniques can be used together with geotagging to provide alternative search techniques. […]
Dangers of geotagging: Following a scientific study and several demonstrative websites, a discussion on the privacy implications of geotagging has raised public attention. In particular, the automatic embedding of geotags in pictures taken with smartphones is often ignored by cell-phone users. As a result, people are often not aware that the photos they publish on the Internet have been geotagged. Many celebrities reportedly gave away their home location without knowing it. According to the study, a significant number of for-sale advertisements on Craigslist, that were otherwise anonymized, contained geotags, thereby revealing the location of high-valued goods—sometimes in combination with clear hints to the absence of the offerer at certain times. Publishing photos and other media tagged with exact geolocation on the Internet allows random people to track an individual’s location and correlate it with other information. Therefore, criminals could find out when homes are empty because their inhabitants posted geotagged and timestamped information both about their home address and their vacation residence. These dangers can be avoided by removing geotags with a metadata removal tool for photos before publishing them on the Internet. In 2007, four United States Army Apache helicopters were destroyed on the ground by Iraqi insurgent mortar fire; the insurgents had made use of embedded coordinates in web-published photographs (geotagging) taken of the helicopters by soldiers. Another newly realised danger of geotagging is the location information provided to criminal gangs and poachers on the whereabouts of often endangered animals. This can effectively make tourists scouts for these poachers, so geotagging should be turned off when photographing these animals.
[Note that the Wall Street Journal writers did not realize the Hikvision cameras have geotagging.]
Geotagging and Surveillance everywhere (more or less)
Strumpf, Dan; Khan, Natasha; Rollet, Charles; Lin, Liza; Fan, Wexin. “China-Made Security Cameras Are Hanging All Over the United States; Company With Ties to Government Sparks Cybersecurity Concerns”, in Wall Street Journal, November 13, 2017. pp. A1, A10.
[summary] Chinese State-controlled Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology (Hikvision) manufactures cameras used in surveillance systems of police, the Army and several dozen were in the American Embassy in Kabul. Hikvision cameras are used in Brazil and Iran, in French airports and Irish ports. Now there are concerns that the surveillance cameras are not secure, the US-China Electronic & Security Commission notes. Some security companies will not use Hikvision cameras or restrict their use. GSA has removed Hikvision from a list of approved suppliers. Many Hikvision cameras cannot be identified as Hikvision cameras. Hikvision notes it has fixed every security bug noted by the Department of Homeland Security, and since most of its cameras are sold through third parties, it does not even know where most of them have been installed. [sic: the cameras have automatic geotagging so the location of every one of them can be quickly established, unless endusers turn the geotagging off] Worldwide sales of surveillance systems have grown 55% in the five years to 2016. Hikvision is the largest producer of surveillance cameras in the world.