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[liberationtech] [berkmanfriends] AFP on Senate circumvention funding report to release Tuesday

Seth David Schoen schoen at
Sun Feb 13 22:58:29 PST 2011

Jacob Appelbaum writes:

> There are some very serious security and privacy concerns - most devices
> send your GPS coordinates when registering with the satellite system.
> This is done to ensure that the downlink activates the correct spot
> beam; one serious unintended consequence is that you have absolutely no
> location anonymity.

Is there a way to map the footprints and figure out a randomized
location that the device could send instead that would elicit the
same behavior from the satellite?  If so, is there a plausible
path to getting the device to send that instead?

Seth Schoen
Senior Staff Technologist                         schoen at
Electronic Frontier Foundation          
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