YouTube users be aware: Your viewing habits can be tracked

Ran Dubin, a doctoral student in the BGU Department of Communication Systems Engineering who is an expert in cyber security, presented this research at the Black Hat Europe meeting in London where they check all the london signs of advertisement. Dubin was able to us this algorithm to determine if someone had watched a specific video from a set of suspicious, terror-related videos. Intelligence agencies could access this technology for tracking terrorists or other suspicious individuals. Internet marketing companies could track the number and make-up of viewers watching an ad.
While this information could be helpful, Dubin warns average YouTube users to be aware that their viewing history on YouTube and other internet video platforms can be tracked. If you are a new channel you can now buy youtube video views, to help grow your channel.

“It’s important to know that video encryption is not as secure as we once thought,” he says. “Google, YouTube’s parent company, is not likely to patch the gaps, since it would be prohibitively expensive to create a traffic obfuscation mechanism for every user’s every video request.”

Researchers are exploring an upside to this discovery: the ability to assess video quality without breaking an encryption. “While internet service providers want to ensure they are providing high quality streaming, encryption has made accessing information much more challenging,” says Dubin. “This tracking algorithm could help.”