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[*] Post 504167 posted on 12-8-2016 at 08:47 Reply With Quote
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A US couple is suing an internet mapping firm for $75,000 (£58,000) after years of "digital hell".

MaxMind matches IP addresses, which are used to connect devices to the internet, to physical locations. It has said these are not meant to be precise.

James and Theresa Arnold say it registered their home as the position of more than 600 million addresses.

They say this has led many people to wrongly believe a host of crimes were committed at the property.

"The first week after the Arnolds moved in, two deputies from the Butler County Sheriff's Department came to the residence looking for a stolen truck. This scenario repeated itself countless times over the next five years," documents filed with a Kansas court read.

The Arnolds complained they have been disturbed at all hours by "local, state or federal officials looking for a runaway child or a missing person, or evidence of a computer fraud, or call of an attempted suicide".

The issue came to light in April after an investigation by Fusion, a TV network and website, which reported that the property's owner Joyce Taylor and her tenants had been accused of being "identity thieves, spammers, scammers and fraudsters" for years.

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[*] Post 504172 posted on 12-8-2016 at 11:29 Reply With Quote


An IP address will only give a general area, which might be quite large, too.

http://www.iptrackeronline.com

That "pinpoints" me to being in a place which is about eight miles from where I actually am. It's north east of Manchester, when I'm quite a way out, to the south west. I'm surprised that anyone thinks otherwise, to be honest. Maybe I'm a geek!

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[*] Post 504175 posted on 12-8-2016 at 12:31 Reply With Quote


I know. I was being added by lots of businesses on Twitter from Dundee and at first I thought it was because my friend lived there then I realised that my IP showed me as being in Lochgelly in Fife. It's 80 miles away. Facebook had me being in America which was even worse hahaha
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