uhtu wrote:that something is improbable dosen't make it impossible. that something was only seen once dosen't mean it wasn't seen. its just not always a nice and reproduceable observation like Good Science^sm would like.
As I noted in my email to wigle-admin, it really looks like someone went driving down the road with a second laptop running fakeap, spitting out a new mac every 30sec or 1min or something like that. I experimented with that a couple years ago, it's really quite easy to configure and make operate.
After my father and I had driven around downtown Houston, remarking that it was so easy to just sit on a street corner and pick up new APs,
I had heard a fairly reliable rumour that someone who works in downtown Houston had set up fakeap and left it sitting in his office window for several months. Thus when I started experimenting.
Knowing that it's not kosher to taint the database, I have specifically not used fakeap since, although several of my drives through high-density neighborhoods have led to subsequent accusations.
Thus, it is likely a legitmate client with bad enviro impact, just based on the mapping data.
Interesting question, do the admins have the capability of doing a "found only by me" search on any user in the system? It may be interesting to check a couple of the higher count usernames (I have my suspicisions, but will NOT air those in public discussion) and see if it can be pinned down to a user, and thus a specific file or files parsed.
My $1.00/50 worth.