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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Glass Reflections in Pictures + OSINT = More Accurate Location

By Alejandro Hernández - @nitr0usmx

Disclaimer: The aim of this article is to help people to be more careful when taking pictures through windows because they might reveal their location inadvertently. The technique presented here might be used for many different purposes, such as to track down the location of the bad guys, to simply know in which hotel is that nice room or by some people, to follow the tracks of their favorite artist.
All of the pictures presented here were posted by the owners on Twitter. The tools and information used to determine the locations where the pictures were taken are all publically available on the Internet. No illegal actions were performed in the work presented here. 


Introduction

Travelling can be enriching and inspiring, especially if you’re in a place you haven’t been before. Whether on vacation or travelling for business, one of the first things that people usually do, including myself, after arriving in their hotel room, is turn on the lights (even if daylight is still coming through the windows), jump on the bed to feel how comfortable it is, walk to the window, and admire the view. If you like what you see, sometimes you grab your camera and take a picture, regardless of reflections in the window.