iPhone App could aid jihad and seed terror with its ‘plane finder’ technology!

October 5, 2010, By Shawn Wagnon

We all know that technology can be a double-edged sword and Google Maps has already created enough controversy with its ability to zoom in on zones that the authorities might wish to keep under the blanket. Now it is the turn of a new iPhone app to face some scrutiny as it allows people to both find planes and extract sensitive information attached with flight patterns.

Tory MP Patrick Mercer has been out bashing the latest ‘Plane Finder AR’ application that supplies public with flight’s number, registration, speed, altitude, and distance when a handset’s camera is aimed at an airliner either parked or in flight. That basically means that anyone who has $3 to spend for the app and an iPhone can indeed actually access information that is not useful to them unless they wish to mess with it.

The app indeed seems obnoxious as there seems barely any reason in providing such information to anyone with a handheld device coming with a camera. If someone wishes to shoot down a commercial or carrier plane from the ground then all you now need is the ammunition and the plane finder will aim for you.

Plane Finder’s developer, Pinkfroot, says that this is nothing new and while a jihadi himself would struggle to come up with such an extensive and intricate app himself, Pinkfroot claim that the app has very little scope of being misused. Those who have tried it varied from giving it thumbs up to calling it ‘error-ridden’…

Whatever it may be, it seems irrational to even come up with potentially deadly apps like this one.

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