Australia's theSkyNet project exposes personal data

TheSkyNet, which pools computing power from home PCs to analyse radio signals from space, has been accidentally leaking details of the users contributing to the project

Australian project theSkyNet, aimed at harnessing users' spare computing cycles to analyse radio signals from space, has been inadvertently broadcasting the details of users that have been contributing to the project.

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TheSkyNet, which pools computing power from home PCs to analyse radio signals from space, has been inadvertently leaking user details. Photo credit: Amanda Slater/Flickr

A concerned reader alerted ZDNet UK's sister site ZDNet Australia to the fact late last week when he realised that he could navigate to the status page for the project after finding the URL in a configuration file. The same URL could also have been determined by looking at the source code for the open-source project.

The status page provides a list of connected users' IP addresses, their operating system, CPU architecture, the number of cores running, how much RAM they have installed, how much they have contributed to the project and the amount of time that they have spent online.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see theSkyNet goes rogue, leaks user details on ZDNet Australia.


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