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[liberationtech] Anonymous blogger outed by analytics signature

Collin Anderson collin at averysmallbird.com
Tue Nov 29 09:40:23 PST 2011


It turns out there are preexisting tools to take advantage of this novel fact. Here is an example of a freemium service using a Stanford analytics tag. 

http://reverseinternet.com/analytics/17096244 

Actually, let's try something cooler, like Iran's Fars News:

http://reverseinternet.com/analytics/512452

(Returns: bahmancomplex.com, jahanfile.info)

Blue Coat: http://reverseinternet.com/analytics/427082
Khamenei.ir (lol, sanctions): http://reverseinternet.com/analytics/6238962
SANA (Syria state media): http://reverseinternet.com/analytics/21085468

There are plenty of opportunities to explore.

Collin

-- 
Collin David Anderson
averysmallbird.com (http://averysmallbird.com/) | @cda | Washington, D.C.




> On Wed, 2011-11-16 at 10:20 -0800, Peter Thoenen wrote:
> > Known issue and resolved:
> > 
> > Firefox -https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/customizegoogle/ (http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/customizegoogle/) [tell it to set a new random anonymous analytic cookie every sessin] 
> > 
> > Chrome - http://sourceforge.net/projects/chromeprivacy/ [doesn't do it as well but does the job]
> 
> Please read more carefully. The cited issue is on -the blogger's side-
> (ie in the blog setup), not the reader's/commenter's side (ie browsing).
> This should be evident from the title, but is spelled out in detail in
> the article.
> 
> > Everybody Else - SOL
> 
> An interesting stance to take on a list dedicated to battling the
> default SOL condition for "everyone else".
> 
> -- 
> Mathematics is the supreme nostalgia of our time.
> 
> 
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