Terrorism Risks of Google Earth
Sometimes I wonder about “security experts.” Here’s one who thinks Google Earth is a terrorism risk because it allows people to learn the GPS coordinates of soccer stadiums. (English blog entry on the topic here.)
Basically, Klaus Dieter Matschke is worried because Google Earth provides the location of buildings within 20 meters, whereas before coordinates had an error range of one kilometer. He’s worried that this information will provide terrorists with the exact target coordinates for missile attacks.
I have no idea how anyone could print this drivel. Anyone can attend a football game with a GPS receiver in his pocket and get the coordinates down to one meter. Or buy a map.
Google Earth is not the problem; the problem is the availability of short-range missiles on the black market.