Watching The Watcher: The Prevalence Of Third-Party Web Tracking presented at ShmooCon 2009

by Brent Chapman, Tera Devers,

Tags: Security Web

Summary : Slides
Gone are the days when web surfers only left footprints behind on isolated single-server web sites across the WWW. Today, a significant number of websites now contain tracking code that allows a select few organizations to track individual users, even entire corporate populations, across tens of thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands of sites. This talk explores the technical methods used to embed tracking code and presents results from our analysis of the top sites in Alexa's website rankings. You'll leave the talk with a better understanding of the problem while learning which popular websites contain tracking code and with whom they are sharing information.
John Brentmore Chapman, Jr. was born in Guyana, South America and raised in New York City. In 2002, he enlisted in the United States Army as a Signals Intelligence Analyst and later entered the U.S. Military Academy in 2005. His professional interests include information assurance, cryptanalysis, and foreign languages. His personal interests include Apple computer and anything related, exploring the Linux environment, penetration testing, graphic design, electronic and mechanical system modification.
Tera Corbari is a senior at West Point. She is majoring in Information Technology and upon graduation will be commissioned as a 2LT in the Signal Corps. Tera is CCENT certified and hopes to complete her CCNA certification before graduation. She is also the head manager of the Army Football Team.
Matt Devers is a student of information technology at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. He enjoys long bike rides and a good exercise smoke session before sun rise.