Re: I won't hold my breath for the apologies
No Alexander pleqase don't,
..you claimed expertise that you did not have, and wrote an article in the technical press that revealed you did not understand how modern companies develop non critical software in short timescales using limited resources.
..and completely missed the fact that a single engineer working in an agile environment could have achieved what you insisted it would take a huge dedicated team to achieve.
Yes, this was a Google project to collect the SSID map that enabled them to break free from Skyhook,
And yes, it was a project that was approved at a high level and overseen.
But the actual payload work was done by a single engineer who took existing opensource tools and integrated them into the existing (high capacity) street view IT stack already sitting in the cars and at their bases.
As part of that they used Kismet (look it up, Bing if you want), and set it to record everything unencrypted, instead of just the SSID info headers.
That was the only actual mistake, a small one with big consequences.
And finally, are you seriously suggesting that it was done with any serious evil intent.. How could it be? the data collected was far too random and transient to be used reliably for malicious purposes. For that you'd need to sit a car on every block 24/7.
As criminal masterplans go it's far too crap to have originated with Google.