Post a Photo, Get Arrested

A member of Anonymous has allegedly been arrested in Australia after authorities tracked down his identity and whereabouts from a graphic cleavage shot of a bikini-clad woman.
The FBI charged Higinio O Ochoa III, from Texas, with hacking into the websites of US law enforcement agencies and dumping personal information of police officers including their home addresses, home and mobile phone numbers.
The suspect is allegedly a member of CabinCr3w, an offshoot of the Anonymous hacking collective.
Ochoa also holds a Twitter account with the name AnonWormer. In February, it pointed followers to a website where data stolen from the law enforcement websites was published.
At the bottom of the website was a photograph of a woman, who authorities believe to be Ochoa’s girlfriend. She was portrayed from the neck down, holding a sign saying “PwNd by w0rmer & CabinCr3w ❤ u BiTch’s”.

The FBI was able to trace the GPS co-ordinates from the picture, which led to a Melbourne suburb where Ochoa was arrested.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the FBI found two references on the web to the nickname “wormer”, one of which had Ochoa’s name on it.

More and more cameras have GPS built right into them. The moment you take a photo, your camera records exactly where you took it.

Before you go searching for GPS tagged photos (also called geotagged images), you might want to know if your camera even takes them. Sadly, most modern point-and-shoot cameras do not feature a GPS system for geotagging. It was a more popular feature back in 2008 when smartphones were first hitting the market, but now that smartphones are nearly everywhere, less and less people want a point-and-shoot camera with GPS.

However, if you do have a smartphone with a camera, you’re in luck. Almost all smartphone cameras geotag the photos they take. As a matter of fact, I would be very surprised if I found a smartphone that doesn’t do this. It would have to be a pretty old model. Note: If your have an iPhone or an Android phone, you need to give the camera app access to the GPS data, so it can store it with your photo.

Some digital SLRs also feature a GPS, but most of them don’t. Nikon and Canon both sell special adapters
that geotag the photos you take, and there are quite a few third-party devices that do the same thing. These devices will set you back about $200. If you do a ton of traveling (and I mean more than just a few trips a year), they’re worth it. Otherwise, it’s a lot easier to enter the location data by hand.

Your camera stores a bunch of data about every picture you take. It records the aperture, shutter speed, ISO speed, camera mode, focal distance, and sometimes even more than that. All of this is stored in the EXIF data, an extra piece of information attached to every picture file your camera creates.

EXIF data has been around since the early days of digital photography. Back then, it didn’t really tell you much about the photo you just took, but now it will tell you nearly everything. Other kinds of files have EXIF data. You can access EXIF data in audio and video files as well.

If you’re using a Mac, you can access your GPS information by simply right clicking on the photo file you want to view and then picking “get info.”

This will bring up a box showing all of the EXIF data attached to that particular image file.

On a PC

It’s a little different on a PC, but it’s pretty much the same thing. Right click on your image, and then pick “properties.” From there, a similar window should pop up showing all the EXIF data, including the location of the picture you just took.

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