How your mobile could be spying on you
It's the kind of thing that only happens in films... The hero, desperately searching for a terrorist or kidnap victim, taps their name into a computer.
A map comes up on the screen, pinpointing the precise location of their target. The good guys move in, the hunt is over.
Great for movie spooks, but only a scriptwriter's dream? In fact, the technology has arrived that allows anyone to track someone down without them having a clue they are under surveillance.
It has crept in almost unnoticed - and at the centre of this new Big Brother technology-for-all is nothing more sophisticated than our own mobile phones.
A clutch of brand new and perfectly legal internet-based services have just been launched that cost as little as 30p to use, and take less than five seconds to zero in to within 50 metres of where a person is.
By Jonathan Margolis at the Mirror.
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- Review: Secrets of Computer Espionage: Tactics and Countermeasures (24 November 2003)
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