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Location Services Will Rat You Out By Secretly Turning on WiFi


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Had an interesting time today with a LG cellphone. Perhaps some of you are familiar with this phenomenon but it was new to me. The owner of the LG had disabled WiFi on the phone but had his location services (gps positioning) services set to high. The location service overrode his WiFi settings and began sending out probe request broadcast packets to help with its location efforts. When you checked the WiFi settings, they clearly showed the service was off.

We solved this mystery with Wireshark. As soon as he put his location service on a less aggressive setting or completely off, the probe requests stopped. So, if you don't want your MAC address to be broadcast, be sure to tone done the positioning system on your mobile device.

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