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Man traces pop star from her eye reflections

Posted on Tuesday, 15 October, 2019 | Comment icon 25 comments

What do the reflections in your eyes say about you ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Laitr Keiows
A man has been arrested after using a disturbingly simple yet effective way to track down a pop star's home.
It might sound like something Deckard would attempt using his photo-enhancing computer in the dystopian science-fiction movie Blade Runner, but as it turns out, analyzing the eye reflections in someone's online selfies even with today's technology can be enough to find out where they live.

In this somewhat disconcerting story from Japan, a 26-year-old man was arrested by police after using this exact method to track down and attack 21-year-old pop singer Ena Matsuoka.
The unemployed man, who lives in Saitama, discovered that he could identify specific locations such as stations and other distinctive Tokyo landmarks by zooming into her pupils.

He was then able to use Google Street View to triangulate the building she lived at and was even able to estimate the floor her apartment was on by the windows and the angle of the sunlight.

While cases like this are incredibly rare, the story nonetheless serves as a reminder to be mindful of privacy when posting photographs online... you never know who might be watching.

Source: The Verge | Comments (25)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #16 Posted by Golden Duck on 16 October, 2019, 2:24
I'm none of those things and I still watched it.  Any science was ignored as I became more and more convinced that he was trying to seduce her.
Comment icon #17 Posted by FlyingAngel on 16 October, 2019, 11:51
No one mentioned that this useful technique could be used to catch criminals or find a lost person
Comment icon #18 Posted by 'Walt' E. Kurtz on 16 October, 2019, 12:13
@acute  Don't touch her she's mine !!!!
Comment icon #19 Posted by Stiff on 16 October, 2019, 12:27
Hey! She'll have had a few damn good washes since then. Proper ones. He makes her skin crawl as well as mine nowadays.
Comment icon #20 Posted by acute on 16 October, 2019, 14:08
She is way too sophisticated for you!
Comment icon #21 Posted by 'Walt' E. Kurtz on 16 October, 2019, 20:04
@acute She has swedish ancestors she visited her relatives in Sweden not long ago and they live not very far from me on the Westcoast. :-D 
Comment icon #22 Posted by acute on 16 October, 2019, 20:08
Ah... That explains her hair!  It doesn't know whether it wants to be Swedish blonde or Irish black.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Golden Duck on 17 October, 2019, 1:51
Hmmm... three of The Corrs are bound to triple the opportunities.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Jon the frog on 18 October, 2019, 0:36
Impressive that people are so insane !
Comment icon #25 Posted by Hawken on 18 October, 2019, 21:15
I remember reading through the comments on an article on social media and a woman said she doesn't lock her doors. I wouldn't be giving that info out if you put on your profile what hometown and state you live in.

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