Google Maps Hacked To Fake Traffic Jams

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Performance Artist Simon Weckert posted a video about how he hacked Google Maps to create traffic jams on the streets of Berlin. In what he claims was an experiment, he loaded 99 smartphones running Google Maps into a cart. He has someone wheel that cart around various streets in Berlin, including outside the Google office. The phones apparently fooled Google Maps (GM) into thinking there was a high concentration of users on those streets. Because of this, GM was further tricked into believing that the traffic was slow-moving.