Stalker locates singer's apartment through eye reflections in her social media selfies

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The eyes might be the windows to the soul, but as it turns out, they could also be the ones to your home. A rare but real possibility in the face of personal photos being shared on social media in high frequencies and even higher resolutions.

An incident of similar nature occurred in Japan, where Tokyo police arrested a man suspected of tracking down and allegedly assaulting a 21-year-old female pop star Ena Matsuoka, after she finished a concert and was returning to her apartment. Sato, suspect the police, came to know of the singer's whereabouts by scrutinizing reflections in her eyes from her selfies posted on social media.

Hibiki Sato identified scenery and landmarks from the photos to narrow down his area of interest using Google Street View and confirmed to the police about locating a bus stop near Ena's apartment, which he was able to see in her eye reflections. He even managed to find out the exact floor of her apartment by going through her videos posted on social media and observing the placement of curtains and the direction of natural light coming through the window.

"People should be fully aware that posting pictures and video on social media runs the risk of divulging personal data," said a police investigator. Following his arrest, Sato testified being a huge fan of Matsuoka and was charged with indecent assault resulting in injury.

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Uncle Al

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Sounds like they should retrain this young man to be a forensics investigator. With that kind of capability he certainly could do a lot of good once they have him back on the right track.
 
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MMWWMM

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Sounds like they should retrain this young man to be a forensics investigator. With that kind of capability he certainly could do a lot of good once they have him back on the right track.
And the best way to get hired in the company internet security is to leave 100 PDFs of your CV on desktop of the owner of the company and the IT guy
 
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arrowflash

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To be quite honest, this was even more impressive than 4chan's joint effort to locate and deface the HWNDU flag back in 2017 - and that was already a quite impressive feat.
 

lipe123

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Yikes, this is what we get for cellphones with 999megapixel cameras in them now.
Try seeing the reflection in someones eye with an old shitty phone XD