FOX 66 News at Ten
SEATTLE -- An Edmonds man who recently exposed a flaw in Google Maps says he was questioned by the Secret Service after his latest stunt.
Brian Seely admits he spent years creating fake business listings on Google Maps for profit.
"I've personally worked on and seen over 50,000 fake businesses," he said.
The fake listings can be used for criminal purposes, and Google's verification process can't stop it.
"I'm trying to draw attention to the fact that millions of people in
this country are calling businesses that are not really there," Seely
Seely upped the ante this week when he used the same flaw to eavesdrop on phone calls to the Secret Service and FBI.
He said he created fake Google Map listings using real information for
the Secret Service field office in Washington DC and an FBI office in
San Francisco. But instead of listing the real office numbers, he
replaced them with his own phone number.
That number forwarded incoming calls to the real Secret Service phone
number, while he stayed on the conversation as a silent third party. He
also recorded the conversations.
"This way when someone calls, someone from the Secret Service actually
picks up and I'm in on the phone call recording both sides," he said.
"This is a massive problem."
Seely said he eventually took the information -- and recordings -- to the Secret Service.
"I went into the Secret Service office and said, 'Hey, this is what I
did,'" he said. "He was not happy. They grabbed a couple of people,
they patted me down, searched my bag, read me my rights."
After four hours of questioning, Seely said he was allowed to leave.
A Seattle-based Secret Service agent confirmed Seely's account of the
story and said the Secret Service has contacted investigators with
Google to fix the problem.
Google has not returned calls for comment on the story.
Monday, March 3 2014, 01:53 PM EST
National News Headlines
|Union demands send Japanese firm, jobs packing from California town|
|The California city of Palmdale was ready to roll out the red carpet when a Japanese company agreed to build a $60 million factory on a city-owned, vacant parcel on the southwest side of town, but now the company is taking its project out of state and critics say union greed is to blame.|
|Alabama man accused of threats to Obama: I'm not delusional; Secret Service wants me locked up|
|An Alabama man accused of threatening the president proclaimed his sanity in federal court Thursday after two psychologists testified that he's delusional and thinks he has been chosen to be a spokesman for God.|
|South African brothers indicted in US on charges involving illegal rhino hunts|
|Two South African brothers have been indicted in Alabama on charges accusing them of conspiracy to sell illegal rhinoceros hunts in Africa, money laundering and trafficking in rhino horns.|
|Ferguson officer's attorneys say they're not responsible for leaks related to investigations|
|Attorneys for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson say they are not responsible for recent leaks of information related to investigations into the shooting death of Michael Brown.|
|Stock indexes power higher as corporate earnings impress investors; 3M, Caterpillar lead Dow|
|Stocks are rising sharply in afternoon trading, driven by big profit gains from U.S. companies.|
|70 years later, WWII soldier gets full honors burial at Arlington|
|Nearly 70 years after he died in battle at the hands of German troops in France, Cecil Harris was buried Wednesday with America's most revered warriors, in Arlington National Cemetery.|
|New Tesla factory expected to boost Nevada jobs, population|
|Tesla Motor’s forthcoming battery factory in northern Nevada is expected to create over 20,000 jobs—sparking an unprecedented boost in the state’s population, making a dent in the 7.7 percent unemployment rate and helping the struggling housing market.|
|Pentagon: Iraq minister says his troops will go on offensive against Islamic State militants|
|The Pentagon says Iraq's new defense minister says his troops will go on the offensive against Islamic State militants who have taken over large sections of the country.|
|Former CIA operative warns lone-wolf terror attacks are 'wave of the future'|
|A former CIA operations officer warned of a rise in lone-wolf terror attacks Thursday after a gunman's deadly shooting rampage on Canada's government complex.|
|Video shows group of bikers doing stunts, taunting officer on Northern California freeway|
|Officials are looking for who shot video of a group of motorcycle riders alternately taunting and ignoring an officer trying to pull them over while they pop their front wheels in the air and weave on a Northern California highway.|