Google Earth HUGE security flaw! Search a YouTube screen name and get their address + MOBILE NUMBER!! (VI) (DM)
You may want to search some screen names on Google Earth. It is quite surprising what turns up but I doubt this has anything to do with actual addresses and numbers of YouTube owners. It is either a random thing or has something to do with Google relating previous search information. If this was a real security flaw I believe people would have brought to Google’s attention a long time ago. –MrT.
Google Earth HUGE security flaw! Search a YouTube screen name and get their address + MOBILE NUMBER!! SMH @ google
By Michael Janitch
May 15, 2015
This is insane.
Searching YouTube screennames on Google Earth (and Google Maps) can give you the persons HOME LOCATION and PHONE NUMBER!
Look what comes up when you search my backup channel screen name “dutchsinsereloaded” on Google Earth ! My home address down to the block and street here in St. Louis Missouri!
For tatoott (my online YouTube partner) it is much worse, not only his street and block, but his MOBILE NUMBER comes up!
For other YouTube screen names, it appears their current chatter is now being geolocated, as well as their posting locations in some cases!
Above: Using google earth, searching YouTube screen names returns this: Dutchsinse comes up at CERN, Tatoott1009 shows home address and mobile number, Dahboo77 comes up at the CDC, Suspicious0bservers comes up at the Hilton in Pittsburgh, Sheilaaliens comes up at the Newtown Connecticut Police Station. Professordoom1 comes up at a Walmart Supercenter in Los Angeles California (Jade Helm), dutchsinsereloaded goes right to my location in St. Louis Missouri.
If you search my main YouTube channel, something even stranger happens: up comes CERN in Switzerland. Something I was talking about today in comments online! (doesn’t this mean my comments on facebook, and posts I share are being scanned real time and added to google maps search?!)
Our screennames on YouTube are supposed to give us a sense of privacy, now it’s a target on your back, and a way for people to get your personal information that would otherwise be considered private.
A search on other YouTube channels produces topics they are currently talking about, or their location as well.
This is why professordoom1 comes up at a walmart in Southern California, and why Dahboo77 comes up as being at the CDC, because they TALKED about these places recently… because our real time activity is now being made part of Google map search, which then searches Google databases for our information!
This does NOT explain why my home street, and tatoott1009’s home address and mobile number come up though.
In the past, I was forced to send a copy of my photo ID to google to prove who I was to them. This “provide ID” debacle made INTERNATIONAL NEWS on Nasdaq!
quote: Google’s Awful Changes to YouTube Laid Bare in Nightmarish Tale
by Minyanville @ NASDAQ
November 26, 2013, 01:10:00 PM EDT
“Earlier this month, Google (GOOG) overhauled YouTube’s comment section — the place where taste, logic, and decency go to die — and integrated Google+ in the hopes that attaching real names would lead to better discussions.
The response from users, however, was far from positive. Users bemoaned the erosion of privacy and the ability to post videos and comments anonymously. (Never mind the fact that any site with a Facebook (FB) comment section featuring real names contains just about as much ignorance and hate as your standard YouTube video.)
They accused the move of being a blatant attempt to boost Google+ traffic and usage, and complained that the actual implementation of the comment section — wherein awful posts are pushed to the top simply because they have a large number of replies — is one of the worst design decisions Google has ever backed.
But if you thought the recent changes Google made to YouTube were bad before, wait until you hear the harrowing, nightmarish tale of what happened to Michael Janitch, a.k.a dutchsinse, when his account was flagged.
Janitch found himself at the mercy of a major security flaw in Google+, influenced by the company’s push to use real names on the social network. His dutchsinse profile on Google+ was flagged erroneously (and, with a heaping bowl of irony, anonymously) for being an imposter. In cases like these, Google tends to take a “shut down first, never ask questions later” approach and promptly deleted Janitch’s dutchsinse page. However, because his popular YouTube page is tied to that Google+ account, all his videos and subscribers were removed as well.
More than 800 videos and 75,000 subscribers accumulated over the course of three years gone, all because someone flagged his separate Google+ account. His YouTube account, according to Janitch, never received a single strike or violation otherwise.
Janitch wasn’t sent an email from YouTube or Google+ regarding the issue. And despite having his cell phone number tied to both accounts for log-in verification, he didn’t receive a mobile notification either.
Making matters even more Kafkaesque, not only is there absolutely no way to dispute the flag before Google automatically shuts down a profile, there is no official recourse to get your videos back. It took one of Janitch’s inside connections at Google to contact the policy team to restore his YouTube page, his videos, and his subscribers. But that still left Janitch without a means to use his Google+ account on YouTube without going through a confirmation process.
And that confirmation process is pretty horrifying, too.
From Google+, a user who has been flagged as an imposter is taken to a Reinstatement Request page which reads:
Google+ has always been about connecting just the right people. Whether you’re reaching out to an old friend or looking up the business hours of a local store on its Google+ Page, you want to be confident that these profiles and pages really represent who they say they do. We are concerned that your Google+ Page is impersonating another person or entity. In order to keep Google+ safe, we need to verify some information about your page.
From there, you identify the profile as either an individual or business, and then you’re taken to a form to confirm your identity.
How do you confirm your identity? A photo ID.
Proving that online anonymity has fully eroded on YouTube, Janitch was forced to send a copy of his passport to prove his identity. However, bear in mind, the Google+ profile was for “dutchsinse,” not Michael Janitch. Obviously, the name “dutchsinse” doesn’t appear anywhere on Janitch’s passport, so there was no simple way for him to confirm his online persona.
And Janitch had to go through this process six times.”
They (Google) promised the information I sent them would be kept private, yet my (now previous) registered ID HOME ADDRESS is now associated with my backup YouTube channel which I barely even use! This is highly unacceptable.
When you search dutchsinsereloaded (my backup channel on YouTube), up comes my street right down to the garden across from the front door of a location which identifies me, my street and right down to the block of the residence.
Even when you search IP addresses, it usually safeguards against giving the actual block of the residence, but a search of a YouTube screen name can turn up the actual street, block, and possibly even a current MOBILE PHONE number.
How did my address get associated with my backup YouTube account screen name on YouTube? Obviously it was done by them, but why?
Why don’t we see suspicious0bservers mobile number? Why don’t we see Alex Jones home street location? Why do ours show?
Why is it that a few channels who cover odd topics are the ones who are getting this SPECIAL SEARCH TREATMENT from this supposed indiscriminate computer search system? Just bad luck? Yeah, right.
This is highly unacceptable to be returning home addresses, and actual phone numbers!
Download a copy of google earth: http://earth.google.com
Then search out your favorite YouTube channels screen name.
In my case, when searching “dutchsinse” in the Google Earth search bar, we are taken directly to CERN.
In tatoott1009’s case, we are taken directly to HIS HOUSE. (no link provided for safety concerns due to a phone number and street linked to the YouTube screen name)
If you search out my backup channel Dutchsinsereloaded, we are taken directly to my address here in St. Louis!
If you search out Dahboo77, it takes you to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) in Atlanta Georgia, where the Ebola infected people went.
If you search out Sheilaaliens, it takes you to NEWTOWN CONNECTICUT POLICE DEPARTMENT!
If you search out Professordoom1, it takes you to a Walmart Supercenter in the Southwest United States (Los Angeles / Jade Helm 2015).
If you search out suspicious0bservers it takes you to a Hilton in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
If you search out BPEarthwatch it takes you to the German seismic agency.
If you search out Pete Santilli, it takes you to the New York Stock Exchange.
If you search out Paul Joseph Watson, it takes you to a weird office in New York City registered under “info service”.
If you search out Alex Jones, it takes you to a weird office in New York City registered under “info service”.
Needless to say, this is creepy, and in the case of revealing private mobile phone numbers DOWNRIGHT WRONG + DANGEROUS.
I think tatoott might have a legal case since his cell phone is being made public by them via a search on his supposedly private information that Google is supposed to safeguard.
Google earth blurs out peoples’ faces, and other things of this nature on the street view of the program, but then THEY POST CELL PHONE NUMBERS AND LOCATIONS of private screen names designed to protect you from having your location revealed.
Who would want to post ANYTHING to YouTube or google if they knew any stranger in the world could CALL THEM or come to their house to “reach out and touch someone” in real life?!!
Do you guys all want to meet your online haters? Do you think it might end up with someone hurt? Do you think tatoott might incur some kind of monetary damages if he has to shut off his cell phone due to their posting of his personal information on GOOGLE EARTH for the world to see?
Let’s get everyone’s personal information on Google earth and open up stalkers everywhere for a free-for-all, or, maybe Google should fix this problem, and compensate the people they’ve clearly now violated the trust of.
This is a violation of their contract – which says they will safeguard personal data like Cell phone numbers, and home addresses.
Do you think the young kids who make videos on YouTube will like having their home addresses out there?!!!!!! How about the people who are victims of crime from this?!
Google has really screwed up this time. This needs to be fixed as of YESTERDAY.