Google Earth – Rumor – Being Used By Terrorists

If true, this is disturbing. A rumor that is being posted by some credible sites, see article here, indicated that terrorists may be using Google Earth to plot attacks. According to the articles I have read, some unknown British military sources have supposedly found maps in the hands of insurgents that are from the Google site.

I am not privy as to how new the pictures are on Google Earth, but I recall something that happened to me during the holidays. My son-in-law was surfing the Net and he did a Google Earth for a residence he and his family had lived in some two years prior. As he zoomed in to his old home, he made mention that these photos must be old, since he was able to view his own pickup truck parked in the driveway plus other vehicles he once owned.

This makes some sense, since I think it would be extremely expensive to map the entire Earth with the latest photos. Especially since Google Earth is a freebie.

Just some thoughts to throw out. Hopefully the bad guys are not able to glean too much intel.

[tags]Google Earth, terrorist, military, photo, free[/tags]

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  • Laura

    New technology is being created as fast as anyone can figure out how to make it workable. Not many people are putting thought into how it will be used, other than however they dreamed it up in the development stages.

    Of course, this leaves it open to be used by anyone including Grandmothers, students, corporations, spammers and terrorists. There need to be laws governing the use of technology. It’s a complicated and kind of bottomless issue cause technology changes and becomes outdated at a pretty quick pace.

  • Ron Schenone

    Hi Laura,
    Thanks for your comments. And I agree. It is a very complicated subject.